"Indiscriminate" firing of rockets must immediately end, says Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The "indiscriminate" firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel and Israeli retaliatory action must immediately end, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

On Thursday Ban Ki-moon said the "appalling suffering" of civilian populations will inevitably increase due to the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine.

He added he is disappointed that all parties could not build on Thursday's promising humanitarian pause to achieve a lasting ceasefire.

Indeed, a temporary cease-fire was brokered which had allowed thousands of people in the Gaza Strip to receive emergency aid from the World Food Programme.

Resumed rocket fire and the subsequent launch on Thursday of an Israeli ground operation into Gaza have caused thousands of new displacements.

According to the United Nations agency assisting Palestinians (UNRWA), the number of people fleeing the fighting in Gaza and seeking safe sanctuary has risen by about 8000, totalling close to 30 000.

On Friday, UNRWA reported they have now established 34 emergency shelters across the Gaza Strip.

The agency called on all parties to respect the "inviolability" of UN premises and property.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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