As tensions mount in Gaza, UN's Ban warns against further retaliatory strikes from Israel

December 24, 2013 19:42

NEW YORK - Concerned that "escalating violence" could result in "another cycle of bloodshed," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday against further retaliatory strikes from Israel against the Palestinian territories.

Ban condemned "the killing of an Israeli civilian today as a result of cross border fire from Gaza, and the bus bombing near Tel Aviv on Sunday," his spokesman said in a statement.

"He also deplores the death of a young child in Gaza from Israeli retaliatory raids today as well as a number of Palestinian civilian casualties since Friday," the statement said, adding that the secretary-general hopes a two-state solution will end violence between Israel and the Palestinians "permanently."

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