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Thursday, November 15, 2012
UN Secretary-General Ban confers with regional leaders on growing violence in Gaza and southern Israel

Ban confers with regional leaders on growing violence in Gaza and southern
Israel
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=43501&Cr=Palestin&Cr1=

14 November 2012 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke by telephone on
Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian
President Mohamed Morsi about the escalating violence in Gaza and southern
Israel, while the Security Council met in a closed, late-night session on
the situation.

According to a readout from the Secretary-General's spokesperson, Mr. Ban
expressed his concern to Mr. Netanyahu about the deteriorating situation in
southern Israel and Gaza, which includes an alarming escalation of
indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and the targeted killing by
Israel of a Hamas military operative in Gaza.

Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, the head of the military wing of the
Palestinian group Hamas that controls Gaza, was killed when his car was
reportedly targeted during Israeli air strikes on the territory that
followed a wave of rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza.

The Secretary-General reiterated his strong condemnation of rocket fire out
of Gaza and noted his expectation that Israeli reactions are measured so as
not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could cause additional civilian
casualties and have dangerous spillover effects in the region.

He also called for the parties to exercise the utmost restraint and to
respect international humanitarian law.

The 15-member Council met Wednesday night behind closed doors, with the
participation of the two parties, and heard a briefing on the situation from
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.

In his conversation with Mr. Morsi, the Secretary-General stated the need to
prevent any further deterioration of the situation, and expressed strong
support for the leadership being exercised by Egypt to restore calm in the
region.

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