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All sides should stop fire in Gaza immediately: UN chief

English.news.cn   2012-11-20 15:58:00            
 • Ban Ki- moon warned that growing violence would jeopardize the stability of the whole region.
 • Ban Ki-moon asked Israel to stop its airstrikes on Gaza right now.
 • On the seventh day of Israel's aerial offensive , the death toll reached 114.

CAIRO, Nov.20 (Xinhua) -- Visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon asserted in Cairo on Tuesday that all sides should cease fire in Gaza immediately, warning that growing violence would jeopardize the stability of the whole region.

At a joint press conference with Arab League (AL) chief Nabil al-Arabi, Ban Ki-moon asked Israel to stop its airstrikes on Gaza right now, while noting that he held a constructive talk with Arabi. Visiting the Middle East in light of the tight situation in Gaza, Ban called all sides to stop violence, extending condolence to the family of those killed in Gaza.

"There are many kids and their family members were killed by the growing violence in Gaza which arouse fears and worry in the two sides, they should stop the violence right now," Ban noted.

"The international community should help the Gazans with all necessary aid," said the UN chief, warning an Israeli ground operation would bring nothing but more tragedies.

Hailing the efforts made by Egypt and the Arab League, Ban announced that he will visit Israel and hold talks with Israeli leaders to urge them to respect the international law and humanity.

Ban will also visit the Palestinian territories after Israel and meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Meanwhile, AL chief Arabi urged all sides to stop violence in Gaza, noting that he talked with Ban about the decision made by Arab foreign ministers to review the peace initiative with Israel.

Condemning Israel's attacks on Gaza, Arabi asked the Arab countries to act immediately because waiting and discussing too much can do noting but waste time. "Today a ministerial delegation will head to Gaza, including the Turkish foreign minister," said Arabi.

In a bid to end the escalating deadly conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, Ban arrived in Egypt on Monday for a two-day visit to discuss the latest developments in the region with Egyptian senior officials.

Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip continued on Tuesday morning, killing three more Palestinians in separate strikes.

On the seventh day of Israel's aerial offensive here, the death toll reached 114 and more than 800 people were wounded, according to official figures from Gaza.


U.S. secretary of state headed for Israel for Gaza talks: report

JERUSALEM, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed for Israel for talks with both Israel and Palestinian leaders, Israel's media reported Tuesday morning.

Clinton is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel Radio reported. Full story

Israel-Hamas truce possible as int'l mediation continues

GAZA/CAIRO, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- A cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups might be reached Tuesday, according to an Egyptian security source, amid intensified international efforts to mediate a quick end to the escalating violence now in its seventh day.

The informed source said the Egypt-brokered deal would require Israel and the militant groups led by Islamic Hamas movement to halt all sorts of cross-border violence for one day or two before discussing each side's conditions. Hamas and Israel will hold internal meetings before informing the Egyptian side with their conclusions. Both sides have reached an initial agreement to calm the situation. Full story

Editor: Tang Danlu
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