UN chief calls for tackling root causes of instability in Gaza

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Ban Ki-moon (left) jointly addresses journalists with Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The only way to avoid another tragic conflict in Gaza in the future is by tackling the root causes of instability in the territory, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr. Ban on Monday visited Palestine and Israel after attending a donors meeting held in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday for the reconstruction of Gaza following the conflict in July.

During his meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah, the West Bank, Mr. Ban stressed the need to stop what he called "this endless, needless, mindless cycle of suffering".

In Jerusalem, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Secretary-General said the conflict left what he described as "unprecedented levels of damage and pain for thousands of civilians living in the Gaza Strip".

He added Israelis repeatedly lived with constant fear for their own lives and safety and security — running for shelter at a moment's notice.

Mr. Ban said that he has "consistently condemned the rocket fire from Hamas and other armed groups, the tunnels and breaches of the ceasefire."

He thanked Prime Minister Netanyahu for supporting the UN-brokered agreement on a temporary Gaza reconstruction mechanism.

Mr. Ban said the mechanism has opened the door for much needed reconstruction, taking fully into account Israel's legitimate security concerns.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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