The UN envoy to the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, said yesterday that the world body has been "intensively engaged" in helping Israel and Islamic Jihad agree to a ceasefire.
"The United Nations has been intensively engaged and closely working with Egypt on mediating a restoration of calm," Wennesland said in a statement,m.
"We underscore our commitment to do all we can towards ending the ongoing escalation, ensuring the safety and security of the civilian population, and following-up on the Palestinian prisoners' file," he added.
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"I will continue to work with all relevant parties to de-escalate the situation urgently."
Israeli launched a military campaign against Gaza on Friday and killed 44 people, including 15 children and four women. A further 360 have been wounded.