Secretary-General urges cooperation in solving Middle East conflict

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A boy walks in front of a school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, damaged after Israeli bombardments in Gaza City on November 16, 2012

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm at the ongoing violence in the Middle East and has urged the parties to cooperate with efforts led by Egypt to reach a ceasefire.

Meanwhile, a Spokesperson for UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency, Christopher Gunness, echoes the Secretary-General's call.

He reports that the civilian death toll is rising and that rockets are flying out of heavily populated Gaza at the same time as air strikes are coming in.

“Gaza is unique in the annals of contemporary warfare in having a fence around it. Ultimately, it's very difficult to flee the conflict in Gaza because eventually you'll meet a fence. So that's again why we say to the parties, ‘De-escalate. Let's contain this violence. Let's go back to talking because that's the way this conflict is going to be resolved.’"

Efforts are ongoing to bring about an end to the hostilities. 

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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