UN chief calls for restraint between Israel and GazaListen /
As the violence in southern Israel and Gaza continues, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been consulting with leaders in the Middle East region to discuss the crisis.
This follows what has been described as an "alarming escalation" of indiscriminate rock fire from Gaza into Israel and the targeted killing by Israel of a Hamas military operative in Gaza.
UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General had separate telephone calls on Wednesday with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"In his call with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Secretary-General reiterated his strong condemnation of rocket fire out of Gaza and noted his expectation that Israeli reactions are measured so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could cause additional civilian casualties and have dangerous spill over effects in the region. He called for the parties to exercise the utmost restraint and to respect international humanitarian law. In his call with President Morsi, the Secretary-General expressed strong support for the leadership being exercised by Egypt to restore calm in the region." (Duration: 32″)
Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General is monitoring developments very closely and with considerable concern.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.