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UN calls for peace in Gaza

Smoke and a ball of fire rise after an Israeli strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. Israel stepped up its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, pummeling scores of targets and killing more than 20 people, prompting UN Secretary—General Ban Ki—moon to urge Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Thursday to restore peace in the violence—hit Gaza region   | Photo Credit: Hatem Moussa

UN Secretary—General Ban Ki—moon urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restore peace in the violence—hit Gaza region, media reported on Thursday.

Ban on Wednesday said that he was alarmed by the new wave of violence that has engulfed Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Xinhua reported.

“The deteriorating situation in Gaza is leading to a downward spiral which could quickly get beyond anyone’s control,” Ban said.

The UN chief condemned the multiple rocket attacks launched from Gaza on Israel, stressing that such attacks are unacceptable and must stop.

He also urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to exercise maximum restraint and to respect international obligations to protect civilians.

Israeli war jets launched a large—scale offensive on the Gaza Strip Tuesday with more than 100 air strikes on militant targets, killing 27 people and wounding 100 others.

The tensions along Israel’s border with Gaza have escalated since the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil—Ad Sha’ar and Naftali Frankel, both 16.

Since Saturday, Gaza militants have fired more than 300 rockets, projectiles and mortars from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

“Gaza cannot afford another full—blown war,” Ban said.

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