UN Secretary-General supports Egyptian efforts to stop Gaza conflict
Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon praised the Egyptian government’s efforts to end the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, in light of the Israeli military escalation.
At a press conference on Monday, Ban expressed the international community’s appreciation of the Egyptian efforts, stressing the significance of Egypt as a regional power seeking peace and stability in the region.
Ban stated that the international community should assist Egypt in its efforts to put an end to the agony of all women and children, who are paying the price of the situation in Gaza.
For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri expressed Egypt’s gratitude to the UN’s role to maintain peace and aid development in the region.
Ban will fly to Israel to hold talks with officials on Tuesday, according to Israeli media.
The Israel military operation in Gaza entered its 15th day, resulting in the death of more than 500 Palestinians, mostly civilians.
Israel says its operations against Gaza aim at stopping rocket attacks from the Strip by Hamas organisation against its territories.