UN chief 'alarmed' by Hamas leadership's pledge to keep building tunnels, firing rockets at Israel

Children in a refugee camp in Khan Yunis, Gaza. Photo: UNICEF State of Palestine/Eyad El Baba

30 January 2016 – Alarmed by recent statements from the Hamas leadership in Gaza about the group's intention to continue building tunnels and firing rockets at Israel, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such remarks and actions do “serious disservice” to the enclave's long-suffering people and put at risk the international community's humanitarian and development efforts.

“Such statements and actions put at risk reconstruction, humanitarian and development efforts by the international community and Palestinian and Israeli authorities. They also do a serious disservice to the long-suffering people of Gaza,” said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson.

After three devastating conflicts in seven years, people in Gaza and the people of southern Israel deserve a chance for peace and development, the Secretary-General's statement continued, underscoring that every effort must be made to improve the living conditions of the people of Gaza.

“The Secretary-General reiterates his condemnation of terrorism in all its manifestations,” it concluded.


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