UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has appealed for a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Mr Ban urged both sides to exercise restraint, saying the Middle East could not afford “another full-blown war”.

Palestinian officials say more than eighty Gazans have been killed since Israel’s operation began on Tuesday.

Israel says it has hit more than 1-hundred targets in Gaza since midnight, while Palestinian militants are continuing to fire rockets into Israel.