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UN Chief Demands Immediate Gaza Cease-Fire

Associated Press - December 30, 2008 9:33 AM ET

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is demanding an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

He's condemning what he calls the "excessive use of force by Israel" in its air strikes targeting Hamas compounds in Gaza. He's also expressing great sadness at the suffering to civilians, especially children. Ban wants both sides to stop the violence and "take all necessary measures to avoid civilian casualties."

The U.N. chief is calling on Mideast and world leaders to do more to bring an early end to the Israeli-Hamas conflict. Arab foreign ministers are holding an emergency meeting in Cairo tomorrow.

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