Egypt: UN Chief Ban in Cairo to Push Gaza Truce Efforts

Cairo — UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo Monday on the first leg of a visit in support of Egyptian-mediated efforts for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Ban is scheduled to meet Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr later in the evening and Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Tuesday.

The secretary-general will then travel to Jerusalem later on Tuesday or on Wednesday, according to UN diplomats.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Ban would also go to the Palestinian territories.

Ban has already spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge restraint, while also strongly condemning the rocket attacks from Gaza that Israel blames for its air strikes and its military buildup around the besieged Palestinian territory.

Since the latest Israeli air strikes started on Wednesday, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed. Three Israelis have been killed and more than 50 injured by rocket fire from Gaza.

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