UN Security Council backs full implementation of Gaza truce resolution
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 Palestinians inspect their houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Gaza City on Jan. 13, 2009. Israeli soldiers fought heavy battles with local militants in Gaza early Tuesday. Medics said Monday that over 900 people have been killed and more than 4,100 others wounded since Israeli military operation on Dec. 27, 2008. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)

Palestinians inspect their houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Gaza City on Jan. 13, 2009. Israeli soldiers fought heavy battles with local militants in Gaza early Tuesday. Medics said Monday that over 900 people have been killed and more than 4,100 others wounded since Israeli military operation on Dec. 27, 2008. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)
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    UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council Tuesday voiced its support to the Middle East tour by the UN chief and the regional initiatives, proposed by Egypt and other Middle East countries, in their joint efforts to bring both Israel and Hamas into full implementation of a new Security Council resolution, which went unheeded by the two warring sides.

    The president of the Security Council for January, French UN Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert, told reporters at the end of the closed council meeting, at which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed the 15-member Security Council on his upcoming visit to the Middle East.

    The Security Council supports the peace initiatives by Egypt and other countries in the region to strive for an early end to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, which has left more 900 Palestinians killed and more than 4,000 others injured, he said.

    Egypt is making great efforts to bring both Israelis and Palestinians into talks aimed at an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, reports said.

    Meanwhile, the Security Council also supported a visit to the Middle East by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he said.

    "Everybody supported the role the secretary general can play ...in getting an immediate ceasefire and for implementation of (Security Council) Resolution 1860," Ripert told reporters.

    "We think the timing (of Ban's visit) is right. There are very important initiatives on the ground that could help," he added, referring to Egypt's efforts to mediate a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas, which ignored the new truce resolution, which calls for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire in Gaza.

    The new resolution reflects the unanimous will of the Security Council members and it should be fully observed, he said.

    However, "nobody expects the resolution can be implemented in two hours," he said. "We are still thinking that ceasefire is possible."

    Earlier Tuesday, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian permanent observer to the United Nations, told reporters here that the Security Council has the responsibility to bring Israel into full implementation of the new truce resolution, which is legally binding.

    The secretary-general kicks off his Middle East tour on Tuesday to press for the implementation of the resolution. He is scheduled to visit Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Kuwait to strengthen the joint diplomatic efforts to strive for an early end to the fighting.

    At his first press conference for this year on Monday, Ban said, "My goal is to step up the pace of our joint diplomatic efforts and ensure that urgent humanitarian assistance reaches those in need."

    At each stop of his week-long Middle East tour, "I will repeat my call for an immediate and durable cease and insist that Security Council Resolution 1860 be respected fully," Ban said. "To repeat, this means an immediate end to military operation in Gaza -- an end to Israel's offensive and a halt to the rocket attacks by Hamas."

Israeli troops battle in SW Gaza City as death toll rise to 930

    GAZA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Israeli troops tried to push deeper into Gaza City on Tuesday, with the army focused on the south-western Gaza City neighborhood of Tel Al-Hawwah overnight Monday, according to Palestinian Ma'an News Agency.

    Ma'an said that most of the fatalities since Tuesday morning are from clashes in the Zayton and Tel Al-Hawwah neighborhoods. Full story

Israeli DM says to continue Gaza operation with diplomatic efforts

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak Tuesday said that his country would continue its offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip along with diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire, local daily The Jerusalem Post reported.

    "The operation is continuing on the 18th day, with the aim of restoring quiet for southerners and curbing weapons smuggling. We are working on both those goals with an eye on diplomatic initiatives," the report quoted him as saying during a tour of an air force base. Full story

UN: Gaza conflict has "devastating" effects on children

    GENEVA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations body monitoring a key global treaty on the rights of children voiced its deep concern on Tuesday at the "devastating effects" that the current conflict in Gaza is having on children.

    "Hundreds of children have been killed or injured, many seriously. Many others have lost their loved ones," said the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which is currently in session in Geneva. Full story

Iran denounces Israeli use of chemical weapons in Gaza

    TEHRAN, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics on Tuesday denounced the Israeli use of chemical weapons in Gaza, the official IRNA news agency reported.

    According to the statement released by Iran's Defense Ministry, Iran denounces the "Zionist regime for firing white phosphorus into Gaza." Full story

Israel intensifies military offensive in populated areas of Gaza

    GAZA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli army intensified on Tuesday its air and ground military offensive on the Gaza Strip for 18th successive day, where its ground forces carried out short and quick incursions into populated areas.

    Palestinian witnesses and local radio stations said that the Israeli army on Tuesday had intensified its ground, air and sea strikes on houses and empty areas around Gaza city and in northern Gaza Strip. Full story

 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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