UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called Tuesday's terror attack near Kiryat Arba in which four Israelis were shot and killed a "blatant attempt" to derail upcoming peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, AFP reported.RELATED:Barak: IDF will make every effort to bring about justiceAnalysis: An attempt to torpedo peace talksPM: 'Terrorism will not determine Israel’s borders'
"The secretary-general condemns the killing of four Israeli citizens in the West Bank on 31 August," Ban's spokesman said in a statement.
He called for the swift justice of those responsible for the "cynical crime."
The statement also expressed Ban's condolences to the families of those
slain in the attacks.
On Wednesday, the victims of the attacks were laid to
in three separate cemeteries. Yitzhak Ames, 47, and his wife
Tali Ames, 45, were buried at the Mount of Olives cemetery in
Jerusalem, Kochava Even-Haim, 37, in Ashdod, and Avishai Schindler, 24,
in Petah Tikva.
All four victims, killed while driving on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba on
Tuesday night, were residents of Beit Haggai.
According to eyewitness reports, the terrorists succeeded in hitting the
passengers in their initial fire, but then approached the car and shot
the occupants again at close range.