In response to media queries on Israel’s ground offensive into Gaza, the MFA spokesman said:

    “We are seriously disturbed by the deteriorating situation in Gaza. This will sharply exacerbate the humanitarian crisis. We strongly support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and for all parties to do their utmost to ensure the protection of civilians and that humanitarian assistance continues to reach all those in need. We urge all parties to work towards a lasting ceasefire that would bring an end to the suffering. It is important to break the cycle of violence and the focus now has to be the safety and security of all innocent people affected by the conflict and for humanitarian aid to be delivered to them on an urgent basis.”

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18 JULY 2014