Stop Gaza Fighting, UN Boss Pleads

'Society being destroyed' in Gaza, says Ban Ki-Moon
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 2:13 AM CST
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, where Israeli tanks and troops were driving even deeper into Gaza City today in search of Hamas positions. Ban Ki-Moon, preparing for a trip to the region to personally push for a ceasefire, mourned the loss of life and civilian suffering, reports the BBC.

"My message is simple, direct and to the point: the fighting must stop," Ban told a news conference in New York ahead of his departure for the Middle East today. "In Gaza, the very foundation of society is being destroyed: people's homes, civic infrastructure, public health facilities and schools."