Ban calls on regional and international leaders to help sustain Gaza truce

Calling the halt to fighting in Gaza “fragile,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on leaders in the region and around the globe to help sustain it and allow the recovery of its devastated population.

Senior UN officials survey ‘shocking’ aftermath of Israeli offensive in Gaza

Senior United Nations officials today began their assessment of the humanitarian needs in Gaza, getting a first-hand look at the damage and destruction inflicted on the Strip’s 1.5 million residents during three weeks of Israeli military operations.

UN to embark on humanitarian assessment in post-conflict Gaza

The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Jerusalem today to begin an assessment of the needs on the ground in the Gaza Strip following the three-week Israeli military offensive that came to a halt just a few days ago.

In wake of Gaza crisis, Ban urges ‘massive’ effort to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict

Having just returned from Gaza, where he saw first-hand the suffering and destruction wrought by Israel’s three-week military offensive, including the still-smouldering ruins of a shelled United Nations compound, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged a “massive” international effort to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Ban gets first-hand look at Gaza devastation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the war-shattered Gaza Strip today to demonstrate solidarity with the population and assure them of the full support of the United Nations and the international community.

Bravery of own staff was inspiration for top UN Gaza official during Israeli offensive

In the darkest hours of Israel’s offensive against Hamas in Gaza, when his own headquarters was shelled and went up in flames, when children were dying or being horrifically injured, the top United Nations official on the ground drew inner strength from the bravery of his own staff – and from a vision from his own homeland, Ireland, of reconciliation between implacable foes.

Secretary-General relieved at ceasefires called by Israel, Hamas

Voicing relief at Israel’s unilateral decision to halt its 22-day military offensive in Gaza and Hamas’ announcement of a temporary ceasefire, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed his determination to do everything possible to assist Gazans and begin the reconstruction process.

UN already assessing Gaza relief needs on first full day of halt to fighting

The United Nations has already started assessing the devastating damage and relief needs in the Gaza Strip on the first full day of a truce in fighting between Israel and Hamas, with the overall bill possibly reaching billions of dollars, amid a feeling of “overwhelming grief” among the 1.5 million inhabitants there, senior officials said today.

Ban calls for end to Hamas rocket attacks, Israeli withdrawal from Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, stressing that Israel's unilateral decision to halt its 22-day military offensive in Gaza should lead to a durable peace, called on Sunday for Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel and for Israel to withdraw its forces from the Strip.

On Beirut stop of Mideast mission, Ban again urges immediate Gaza ceasefire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Beirut on Saturday, again urged an immediate ceasefire to end the 22-day Israeli offensive in Gaza, calling on both sides to stop the fighting first and work out the details later in a bid to halt what he called an “unprecedented” level of violence.