Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for restraint from both Syria and Israel amidst escalating tensions in the Middle East on Sunday afternoon.

"The Secretary-General calls on all sides to exercise maximum calm and restraint," a UN spokesperson said, "and to act with a sense of responsibility to prevent an escalation of what is already a devastating and highly dangerous conflict."

The UN's statement came in response to a plea from Syria for the UN to get involved after an airstrike on a weapons facility was blamed on the Israeli Air Force. Currently Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

The spokesperson cautiously added, "the United Nations (is not) in a position to independently verify what has occurred."

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