28 April 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11536

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL CONDEMNS LOSS OF CIVILIAN LIFE IN GAZA

 


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General condemns the loss of civilian life earlier today in Gaza, including the tragic deaths of a mother and four of her children.  The Secretary-General calls upon Israel to exercise maximum care and restraint, and reminds the Israel Defense Forces of its responsibilities to protect civilians under international humanitarian law during its military operations.


The Secretary-General also condemns the ongoing attacks and rockets fired today against Israeli targets by Hamas.  He calls on Hamas and other militant groups to cease such acts of terrorism.  He also reminds them that civilian areas within Gaza should not be used as a base from which to launch its actions.


The mounting loss of civilian life in and around Gaza is deeply worrying and the Secretary-General calls for an immediate calming of the situation. 


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