Ban calls for ‘immediate end’ to fire


April 8, 2011

NEW YORK (Ma’an) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “condemned the recent rocket fire from Palestinian militants, which hit a school bus and injured two Israeli civilians,” his spokesperson said in a Thursday statement.

“He calls for an immediate end to rocket fire,” the spokesman said, adding that Ban was also concerned “at reports of civilian casualties from Israeli operations in Gaza and calls for maximum restraint. He urges respect for international humanitarian law and calls for de-escalation and calm to prevent any further bloodshed.”

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, strongly condemned the mortar and rocked attacks out of the Gaza strip, expressing “deep concern at the current escalation of violence,” a statement said.

Since Thursday afternoon, ten have been killed and dozens injured in a series of ten air strikes that have hit areas across the Gaza Strip.

Hamas announced a ceasefire deal at 11 p.m. on Thursday, which was followed by a midnight air strike.

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