Ceasefire close to being signed in Gaza: UN secretary general
The UN is close to signing an armistice between the Palestinians and Israelis. The agreement will likely be signed soon, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon said.
"A ceasefire might be signed within a few days to end the aggression in Gaza," Ban-Ki Moon said at a news conference with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah.
The international community demands that the Palestinians create a united policy to prolong and strengthen the armistice with Israel, he said.
"The Palestinians should show national unity, and we are prepared to support them in this issue," Ban-Ki Moon added.
The UN is prepared to render the necessary materials and technical aid to the Palestinians to establish national unity, he said.
Israel and Hamas did not sign UN Resolution 1860, which envisaged a ceasefire and humanitarian aid deliveries.
Hamas and Israel last signed an armistice in summer 2008 for 6 months.
The Israeli attacks have killed 1,200 people in Gaza, including 322 children and 76 women.
Roughly 5,000 have been injured, BBC reported.
The Israeli losses totaled 14 people, including four civilians.