Ban says death toll in Gaza war "unbearable"

JERUSALEM Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:37am GMT

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Israel Thursday that the death toll from fighting in the Gaza Strip had reached an "unbearable point."

"The number of casualties has reached an unbearable point," Ban said at a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

The Palestinian death toll from Israel's air-and-ground offensive has risen to at least 1,055, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza. A Palestinian rights group said 670 of the dead were civilians.

Thirteen Israelis have been killed -- 10 soldiers and three civilians hit by Hamas rocket fire.

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