Ban says concerned on Israeli incursion in Gaza

U.N. Secretary-General said he was concerned about an Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip in which two Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian were killed.

Ban says concerned on Israeli incursion in Gaza

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday he was concerned about an Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip in which two Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian were killed.

The fighting on Friday was the bloodiest in 14 months and underscored the deadlock in Palestine-Israel talks efforts.

"I am very concerned at the escalation of violence and loss of life yesterday in the vicinity of the Gaza border," Ban told a news conference on the sidelines of an Arab League summit in the Libyan town of Sirte.

Gazans live under heavy Israel siege for a long time and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives.

Israel launched on Dec. 27 a massive offensive in Gaza, killing more than 1434 Palestinians, a third of them children, and wounded at least 5300.

In its land, sea and ar offensive, Israel targeted hospitals, schools, mosques and government buildings and destroyed infrastructure system in Gaza, lefting Palestinians without electricity, gas and power.

"I reiterate my appeals made during my recent visit for maximum restraint and an end to all violence, in particular at this critical time when we are engaged in efforts to revive peace talks," Ban said.

But Israel imposes heavy blockade on entry of infrastracture materials under the pretext of Palestinians can use them as "weapon" materials.

Hamas wants Israel and Egypt to reopen all Gaza's border crossings so that people and goods can move freely. Gaza has been under heavy blockade for most of the time since Hamas took power there in June 2007.
 

Reuters

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