Imperative to restore calm in Gaza says UN Chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The recent multiple rocket attacks by militants on Israel from the Gaza Strip have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Israeli-Palestinian violence has flared in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in late June.

The subsequent killing of a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem last week has increased tensions.

Mr Ban's spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said these indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas must stop.

"The Secretary-General is extremely concerned at the dangerous escalation of violence, which has already resulted in multiple Palestinian deaths and injuries as a result of Israeli operations against Gaza. He reiterates his call on all actors to exercise maximum restraint and avoid further civilian casualties and overall destabilization. It is imperative now to restore calm."  (24″)

The UN Spokesperson added that the "unsustainable" situation in Gaza will also need to be addressed in its political, security, humanitarian and development dimensions as part of a comprehensive solution.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  1’10″

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