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Singapore 'seriously disturbed' by deteriorating situation in Gaza

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it strongly supports UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and for all parties to do their utmost to ensure protection of civilians.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says Singapore is "seriously disturbed" by the deteriorating situation in Gaza, after Israel launched a ground offensive there to stamp out rocket attacks.

"This will sharply exacerbate the humanitarian crisis," an MFA spokesman said in response to media queries on Friday (July 18).

"We strongly support UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and for all parties to do their utmost to ensure the protection of civilians and that humanitarian assistance continues to reach all those in need. We urge all parties to work towards a lasting ceasefire that would bring an end to the suffering," said the spokesman.

"It is important to break the cycle of violence and the focus now has to be the safety and security of all innocent people affected by the conflict and for humanitarian aid to be delivered to them on an urgent basis."

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