UN chief arrives in Kuwait for Gaza ceasefire talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon

KUWAIT CITY (AA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Kuwait on Monday for talks on reaching a ceasefire in the blockaded Gaza Strip, which has been reeling under relentless Israeli attacks since July 7.

The U.N. chief’s tour is currently on a Mideast tour that has taken him to Qatar and is expected to include Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

On Sunday, the U.N. Security Council called for an immediate Gaza ceasefire between Palestinian factions and Israel.

Since July 7, Israel has been pounding the besieged coastal enclave with air and naval bombardments with the stated aim of halting rocket attacks.

At least 509 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3100 injured since the beginning of the Israeli assault.

The military operation, dubbed operation “Protective Edge,” is the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s third major offensive against Gaza in the last six years.

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