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Ban worried about crisis in Gaza

The UN Secretary-General reiterates his support for the Palestinian president and need for a two-state solution.

world Updated: Jun 20, 2007 12:53 IST

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

The UN chief spoke with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Jordan's Foreign Minister Daoud Khattab and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters on Tuesday.

Ban also spoke about security and political issues, reiterating his support for the Palestinian president and the need for a two-state solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security, Montas said.

Meanwhile, the UN World Food Program (WFP) has said there is a serious humanitarian crisis developing in Gaza as a result of the closure of goods crossings to Gaza.

Commercial food stocks in Gaza are quickly depleting and are expected to run extremely low within two weeks, with the panic buying of staple goods. Commercial food stocks have already run out in some areas, the WFP said

The WFP has sent its first shipment of food aid to Gaza.