UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Reuters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Tuesday to carry out a "serious review" on whether its security forces are resorting to "excessive force" in clashes with Palestinians, AFP reports.

Ban finds "the apparent excessive use of force by Israeli security forces" to be "troubling," his spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters as violence continued in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

This "demands serious review as it only serves to exacerbates the situation leading to a vicious cycle of needless bloodshed," he said.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday Israel would use "all means" available to end Palestinian violence and that new security measures were planned.

The UN chief was due to sit down with Security Council envoys for a luncheon meeting on Tuesday to discuss mounting Israeli-Palestinian violence.

A ministerial-level meeting of the Security Council on the crisis in the Middle East is scheduled for October 22.

After initially breaking out with attacks and violent protests across Israel, unrest has spread to Gaza, with clashes along the border in recent days leaving nine Palestinians dead from Israeli fire.

The violence began on October 1, when an alleged Hamas cell shot dead a Jewish couple in front of their children. There have since been dozens of attacks, most involving terrorists stabbing Jewish civilians.

A number of Arabs have also been killed, nearly all after they had carried out an attack or during riots.

Ban has not criticized Palestinian incitement and calls to violence.

His comments come on the same day as a series of bloody attacks by Arab terrorists against Israeli civilians, in which three Israelis were killed and scores more wounded. The UN Secretary General did not, however, make any reference to those attacks in his statement.