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UN chief Ban deplores Palestinian deaths, urges against Israeli ground offensive

Published on Jul 14, 2014 7:27 AM
 

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - "Too many" Palestinian civilians have been killed, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said, as he urged Israel to scrap plans for a potentially devastating ground offensive.

Repeating his call for a ceasefire, the UN Secretary-General said on Sunday that he "feels a sense of responsibility for the Palestinians who, especially in the Gaza Strip, have long been denied the sense of freedom and dignity that they deserve," according to a statement released by his spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

The situation in Gaza, with at least 170 Palestinians killed and no Israeli casualties, "appears to be worsening," Mr Ban said, noting that the UN Security Council's call for a ceasefire had not been respected.

Reiterating his condemnation of the firing of rockets into Israel by the Islamist movement Hamas that rules Gaza, Mr Ban demanded an "immediate cessation of these indecent attacks".

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the United Nations Security Council during a meeting to discuss the situation in the Middle East July 10, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. "Too many" Palestinian civilians have been killed, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said, as he urged Israel to scrap plans for a potentially devastating ground offensive. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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