UN`s Ban urges `maximum Israeli restraint` in Gaza

UN condemned rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip after violence killed 10 Palestinian fighters.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 16:51 PM IST

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon has urged Israel to exercise maximum restraint and
condemned rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip after violence
killed 10 Palestinian fighters and an Israeli civilian.

Ban`s comments following weekend clashes -- the region`s
worst violence in months -- came after an Israeli air strike
yesterday killed a Gaza militant just hours after Islamic
Jihad vowed to observe an Egyptian-brokered truce.

The Israeli military said after the latest incident that
it had fired at "a terrorist squad that was preparing to fire
rockets at Israel."

"The secretary general has been following with deep
concern the recent escalation of violence and bloodshed in
southern Israel and Gaza," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky in
the wake of the weekend`s surge in attacks.

"He condemns rocket fire from Gaza, which has killed an
Israeli civilian. He urges maximum Israeli restraint," Nesirky
added.

Nine Palestinian militants and the Israeli civilian, who
suffered rocket shrapnel wounds, died on Saturday.

The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor
had earlier hit out at the UN Security Council for failing to
condemn Palestinian rocket attacks.

"The council did not utter a single word of condemnation,"
Prosor said. "Today one Israeli civilian was murdered and
others lay injured in hospitals this evening as a result of
the escalating rocket fire."

Bureau Report