UN’s Ban calls for calm in Gaza Strip

UN’s Ban calls for calm in Gaza Strip
# 29 December 2008 08:49 (UTC +04:00)
New-York-APA. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for an immediate end to all violence in Gaza, which has been under Israeli assault for two days in retaliation for mortar and rocket attacks from the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory.

The statement issued through Ban’s spokesperson said he had called for calm in talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other regional leaders. He also spoke with members of the Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators -- the European Union, United States, Russia and United Nations.
As of late Sunday at least 300 Palestinians had been killed in the fighting in the Gaza Strip. The statement said a U.N. relief worker and eight U.N. relief trainees were among the casualties.


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