SECRETARY-GENERAL DEEPLY CONCERNED AT LOSS OF CIVILIAN LIFE IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL, GAZA; SAYS ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO DETER POLITICAL PROCESS

27 February 2008
SG/SM/11439

SECRETARY-GENERAL DEEPLY CONCERNED AT LOSS OF CIVILIAN LIFE IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL, GAZA; SAYS ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO DETER POLITICAL PROCESS

27 February 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11439
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General deeply concerned at loss of civilian life in southern Israel, gaza;

Says escalation of violence must not be allowed to deter political process

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

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at the loss of civilian life in Southern Israel and Gaza, and at the escalation of violence that has taken place today.

The Secretary-General condemns rocket fire against Israel by Hamas, which intensified today and killed an Israeli civilian in Sderot.  He calls on Hamas and other militant groups to cease such acts of terrorism.

The Secretary-General also condemns the killing of four Palestinian children, including an infant, in Gaza in IDF strikes.  He calls on Israel to exercise maximum restraint and ensure respect for international humanitarian law so as not to endanger civilians.

These events underscore the urgent need for a calming of violence, and must not be allowed to deter the continuation of the political process.

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