UN Chief calls Israeli PM to respect international obligations protect civilians

NEW YORK (CIHAN)- The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel and called on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to exercise “maximum restraint” and to respect international obligations to protect civilians.

Talking to journalists today, the UN chief said “Gaza is on a knife-edge” and called the current crisis there “the most critical tests the region has faced in recent years.”

Ban said he is “deeply concerned” about the rising number of civilian casualties in Gaza and commended Palestinian president Abbas for “courageously upholding his commitment to security coordination” and added that Abbas “remains the best partner for peace.”

Secretary-General offered to both Israeli and Palestinian leaders his “condolences and condemnation of the recent attacks on innocent civilians” and called for “killers to be brought to justice.”

Ban encouraged leaders of both sides to do their utmost to end all attacks including the provocations and attacks by Israeli settlers.

Saying that this is ‘a time for justice, not for revenge”, Ban appealed for statesmanship and wisdom in solving the current crisis.

In reference to the expected appointment of the successor of Lakhdar Brahimi, UN special envoy to Syria, UN chief said that “the consultations are still continuing” but he hopes to be able to make an announcement very soon.