Daily Israel Report

UN Chief Condemns Rocket Attacks, Calls for Ceasefire

UN chief Ban Ki-moon expresses "deep disappointment" over the failure to extend the 72-hour truce, says it is "absolutely essential".
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/8/2014, 9:25 PM

Ban Ki-Moon
Ban Ki-Moon
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United Nations (UN) chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the latest rocket attacks on Israel and called for a return to a ceasefire in Gaza.

The secretary general expressed his "deep disappointment" over the failure to extend the 72-hour truce that expired Friday and said peace talks in Cairo should continue, according to AFP.

Ban "condemns the renewed rocket fire towards Israel. More suffering and death of civilians caught up in this conflict is intolerable," said a statement from his spokesman.

"The extension of the ceasefire is absolutely essential for talks to progress," he declared.

Ban "firmly" called on the Palestinians and Israel "not to resort to further military action that can only exacerbate the already appalling humanitarian in Gaza."

Heavy rocket fire from Gaza resumed on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. sharp, when a 72-hour ceasefire ended. Two rockets were also fired towards southern Israel at around 4:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon authorized the IDF to retaliate with force to the rocket barrage.

On Friday afternoon, a rocket from Gaza directly hit a house in the city of Sderot.

Miraculously no injuries were caused as the residents were out at the time, but significant damage was caused to the property itself, and police were called to deal with shrapnel from the rocket.

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