Mr Ban Ki-moon made the remarks to the press in Cairo on Monday, on the second leg of his Middle East tour.
The Secretary-General said he was in the North African country to solicit Egypt’s diplomatic efforts to help secure a cease-fire.
He is expected to meet later with Egypt’s President and foreign minister as well as the US Secretary of State.
“The first: the violence must stop, it must stop now. All sides must provide the necessary space to aid the victims, assist the wounded and extend relief to trapped civilians. These immediate steps should open the door to a more prominent cease-fire. Second, we cannot claim victory by simply returning matters to where they stood before the latest terrible bloodshed.”
Going back to the status quo won’t solve the problem or the bloodshed, the Secretary-General noted.
Gaza is an open wound and a “band-aid” won’t help, he added.
Meanwhile, the UN Refugee Works Agency, UNRWA, said the number of people seeking refuge in their shelters has exceeded 100,000.
The agency said the “huge wave of accelerated displacement” was a result of the Israeli ground offensive. Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations Radio.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued its attacks on the Gaza Strip. Attacks on homes and other civilian targets continued to claim more civilian lives.
Al-Mezan for Human Rights has issued a press release about the situation in the Shejai’ya neighborhood and Gaza Strip. According to Al-Mezan, the situation in the Shejai’ya neighborhood became clearer, investigations indicate that the IOF bombarded the neighborhood heavily around dawn on 20 July 2014, firing at houses and fleeing civilians.
Al Mezan verified that 56 dead bodies for people from this neighborhood were received at hospitals; all civilians except on combatant. Seventeen of the victims were children, two medics, and one journalist. Forty people were killed while inside their houses and the rest on the streets as they tried to fled the bombing. many people are still under the rubble of houses that were bombarded by the IOF.
Al-Mezan stressed that the direct IOF attacks on the Palestinian houses while their residents there in has raised the number of people who were killed. There were families who lost ten, five and six persons.
The Iskafi family lost six members of their family when IOF attacked their house after the humanitarian ceasefire entered into force. The attack on the Abu Jame family claimed 26 lives; including 19 children and five women. Anotehr attack on an apartment in Gaza City killed eleven people; including seven children and three women. A third attack on the Ziyada family house killed seven.
As IOF’s ground invasion expanded tens of thousands more people have fled the areas under attack and are lacking basic needs. The situation for the general civilian population has grown even more difficult, with blackouts lasting 20 hours at best and problems with access to water and healthcare. → Continue reading: Zionist Criminals Commit More Massacres in the Gaza Strip
The Israeli army has perpetrated the massaace of Al- Shujaiyya after the killing of a number of the IOF soldiers and officers during clashes with Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip. Under the International laws, committing massacres because of retaliatory motive is a war crime and a crime against humanity.
Later, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minster of the criminal “state” of israel has admitted without shame that the IOF ethnic cleansed and strongly shelled al-Shujaiyya in order to evacuate the dead and wounded Israeli soldiers from the “elite” brigade of Golani.
The Ministry of Health said that at least 87 Palestinians were killed, while more than 350 were injured during an Israeli ground invasion in Shuja’iyya neighborhood. It said that many casualties are still buried under the rubbles of houses that were bombed and destroyed as armored tanks indiscriminately targeted residents’ homes.
The fatalities in Shuja’iyya included 17 children, 14 women and four elderly, whereas the wounded, estimated at a total of 210, included 62 children, 32 women and 15 elderly, according to the ministry.
According A-Mezan for human rights in Gaza. The IOF ground invasion was expanded in the three neighborhoods in the east of Gaza city; especially in the Sheja’ya, Sha’af and Tuffah neighborhoods. IOF aerial and artillery attacks on houses also continued in various places across the Gaza Strip. Tens of thousands of people fled the areas under attack and housands were trapped in these neighborhoods.
The IOF attacked the ambulances when they tried to reach victims. At least one medic was killed. Despite the efforts by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to coordinate ambulance access, dozens of people were still under the rubble or on streets while IOF stalled allowing ambulances to reach them until ICRC secured a humanitarian truce for two hours, ending at 3:30PM.
Most disturbing have been the reports of direct attacks from the attacking troops on houses and on civilians who were fleeing their houses. Media reports provided footage of civilians’ dead bodies scattered on streets; suggesting that they were walking out of the Shujaiyya neighborhood.
At least 62,000 people have sought refuge in UNRWA shelters; however, tens of thousands have taken shelter in government schools and in houses of relatives and friends. The situation for the population at large is exacerbated by the very long blackouts, which reaches 20 hours per day at best. → Continue reading: Pictures of Neo-Nazi Crimes Supported By the US