UN chief urges Israel, Hamas to halt fire

UN chief urges Israel, Hamas to halt fire

PanARMENIAN.Net - The UN chief is urging Israeli forces and Gaza militants to halt their fire, warning that a further escalation of the seven-day-old conflict would endanger the entire region, The Associated Press reports.

"This must stop, immediate steps are needed to avoid further escalation, including a ground operation," Ban Ki-Moon said.

Ban's visit to Cairo comes as Egypt's new Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is trying to broker a cease-fire between the Israeli government and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Ban met with Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby on Tuesday, Nov 20, and will meet with Morsi before traveling to Israel later in the day. Ban says he will encourage Israeli leaders to end the violence and respect obligations under international law.

 Top stories
The political leader of Iraq's Kurds earlier appealed for international military aid to help defeat the Islamist militants.
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu visited the town of Soma, which in May was the scene of Turkey's worst ever mining disaster.
The embassy staff were evacuated to neighboring Tunisia "due to the ongoing violence, the U.S. State Department said.
Another 10,000 fled Mosul after ISIS took control at the beginning of June and numbers dropped have fallen rapidly since.
Partner news
Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha on March 15, 1921

Operation Nemesis was a covert operation by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation carried out from 1920 to 1922, during which a number of former Ottoman political and military figures were assassinated for their role in the Armenian Genocide.