UN's Ban condemns Israeli, Palestinian violence

Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:14am EST

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WASHINGTON Dec 27 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called for an immediate halt to the violence in southern Israel and in Gaza, where Israel launched rocket attacks against Hamas positions, killing at least 195 people.

"The Secretary-General is deeply alarmed by today's heavy violence and bloodshed in Gaza, and the continuation of violence in southern Israel," the United Nations said in a statement posted on its website.

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