Mr.Ban urges Palastinian militants to end hostilities


The situation in Gaza "is on a knife-edge", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, urging Israel and Palestinian militants to end hostilities.

Mr Ban warned that the region "cannot afford another full-blown war".

His comments came after Israel said Hamas had fired dozens of rockets at Israeli cities on Wednesday night, following Israeli air strikes in Gaza.

More than 60 Palestinians are reported to have died since Tuesday in Israeli air strikes against militants.

Gaza medical officials say half of the casualties were civilians, including women and children.

Eight Palestinians were killed in an air raid on a house near the southern town of Khan Younis early on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

An Israeli military spokesman said the deaths were "a tragedy - not what we intended", as people had returned to the building too soon following a telephone warning.

Another nine people were reported killed in a strike on a cafe in the same town.


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