In a note to correspondents, it was confirmed that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be travelling to Israel to negotiate for peace.
“The Secretary-General is travelling to the Middle East this weekend to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and to help them, in coordination with regional and international actors, to end the violence and find a way forward,” says in the official UN note.
“To that end, he will begin his travel on Sunday in Doha, Qatar. From there, he will travel onward to Kuwait City, Cairo, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman in his effort to encourage a durable cease-fire. Other stops may also be added,” the note added.
Ban Ki-moon is expected to return to New York at the end of the week.
Last week, Thursday, a five-hour ceasefire was carried out by Israeli troops and Hamas. However, after the said brief ceasefire Israel started the ground invasion.
“In light of Hamas’s continuous criminal aggression, and the dangerous infiltration into Israeli territory, Israel is obligated to act in defense of its citizens,” said Israel Defense Forces in a statement.