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On visit to Israel and West Bank, Ban calls for end to current fighting, return to dialogue

22 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Israelis and Palestinians to stop the fighting that has been raging for the past two weeks and return to dialogue with the aim of addressing the underlying causes of the cycles of violence that continue to plague them.


Gaza: UN issues emergency appeal, begins airlift to meet urgent humanitarian needs

21 July 2014 – The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has issued an emergency appeal for $60 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including tens of thousands who have fled their homes in the wake of the current Israeli military offensive.


Ban urges all parties to rally around efforts to end bloodshed, obtain Israel-Gaza ceasefire

21 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties to rally around collective international efforts to obtain an end to two weeks of bloodshed in Gaza and Israel and reach a ceasefire, as he continued his visit to the region with a stop in Cairo.


Security Council holds emergency meeting on Gaza; Ban meets with Abbas in Qatar

20 July 2014 – The Security Council on Sunday called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Doha, the first leg of a Middle East tour which aims to end the conflict.


Middle East: As fighting worsens, UN chief heads to region to help broker solution

18 July 2014 – Amid an escalation of violence in Gaza, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will leave for the region on Saturday to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians, and to help bolster regional and international efforts for a solution.


There can be no military solution, Ban says as Israel launches ground offensive against Gaza

17 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his regret that Israel has launched a ground offensive against Gaza, despite calls for restraint, and stressed that there can be no military solution to the conflict which flared up over a week ago.


Israel agrees to ‘humanitarian pause’ in war-torn Gaza Strip, UN envoy confirms

16 July 2014 – After days of escalating violence and follow-on civilian suffering in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations special envoy for the Middle East confirmed today that Israel has agreed to a five hour humanitarian pause – set to begin tomorrow morning – and repeated his call on Hamas to respect the lull “in the interest of the people of Gaza.”


Level of human loss, destruction in Gaza ‘immense,’ says UN agency

15 July 2014 – The level of human loss and destruction in Gaza as a result of the ongoing conflict with Israel has been “immense,” the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees said today, noting that eight days of hostilities has claimed 174 lives and injured well over 1,100 people.


On visit to Gaza, senior UN humanitarian officials call for halt to Israeli offensive

14 July 2014 – Concerned about more civilian casualties in a possible Israeli military incursion into Gaza, senior United Nations humanitarian officials on a visit to the area called today for an immediate return to calm and a ceasefire to avoid further loss of life.


UN chief demands end to Israeli-Palestinian fighting

13 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced alarm that, despite the Security Council's clear demand for a ceasefire, the situation in and around the Gaza Strip appears to be worsening, with grave implications for the safety of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians.