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Latest Violence In S. Israel, Gaza Strip Condemned

Ban condemns latest violence in southern Israel and Gaza Strip

5 June 2008 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned ongoing rocket and mortar attacks by militants inside the Gaza Strip against southern Israeli civilian targets and crossing points that have led to the death of an Israeli civilian and injuries to four others.

Mr. Ban calls on Hamas and other militant groups to stop such acts, his spokesperson said in a statement.

"He also reminds them that these actions, as well as attacks on crossings, have detrimental implications for the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza."

The statement noted that Mr. Ban also condemns the death of a Palestinian child and the injuries to its mother as a result of Israeli Air Force (IAF) fire.

"While recognizing Israel's right to self-defence, the Secretary-General calls upon Israel to exercise maximum restraint, and reminds the IAF and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) of their responsibility to protect civilians under international humanitarian law during military operations."

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