Gaza

UN chief and Security Council welcome ceasefire between Israel and Hamas

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – followed by the Security Council – welcomed the ceasefire announced today after a week of devastating violence in southern Israel and Gaza, and stressed that it is imperative that both sides stick to it.

UN Secretary-General calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire by all sides

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate ceasefire by “all sides” involved in the violence in Gaza, saying in Cairo that peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians could not be achieved through more bloodshed.

Raising humanitarian concerns, UN official stresses need to avoid worsening of Gaza crisis

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees today stressed the need to avoid any further escalation of the latest violence between Gaza and Israel, as he saw firsthand the destruction wreaked on the territory by Israeli airstrikes.

UN Secretary-General says a further escalation of violence in Gaza ‘benefits no one’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Israel to exercise “maximum restraint” in its operation focused on Gaza, saying in Jerusalem that the loss of civilian lives was “unacceptable under any circumstances.”

Civilian death toll in Gaza continues to rise, UN agency warns

The civilian death toll in Gaza has continued to rise since the new wave of violence between the territory and Israel intensified last week, the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees warned today, reiterating its call for all sides to stop the violence.

Ban urges immediate end to ongoing violence in Gaza and Israel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday renewed his appeal for an end to the ongoing violence in Gaza and Israel, strongly urging the parties to achieve an immediate ceasefire.

Secretary-General ‘extremely concerned’ over violence in Gaza and Israel, plans visit to region

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “extremely concerned” about the continued violence in Gaza and Israel and deeply worried by the rising cost in terms of civilian lives, his spokesperson said today.

UN agency in Gaza voices deep concern over escalation of deadly violence

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees today voiced its deep concern over the escalation of violence in Gaza, noting that it puts civilians there and in Israel at risk.

Ban calls for de-escalation of tensions amid new violence in Gaza and southern Israel

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate de-escalation of tensions amid the new wave of violence in Gaza and southern Israel, which has resulted in several Palestinian deaths, including civilians, and wounded people on both sides.

Lack of sufficient services in Gaza could get worse without urgent action, UN warns

Gaza’s problems in water and electricity, education and health will only get worse over the coming years unless remedial action is taken now, a senior United Nations official warned today.