Head of the Eshkol regional council has filed an official complaint to the UN on Thursday following mortar fire from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday which included white phosphorous shells.

"For nine years, residents of the Eshkol regional council, on the border with the Gaza Strip, have suffered salvos of Kassam rockets and mortar shells, sponsored and fired by terror organizations in Gaza towards innocent civilians living in the area since the establishment of the state of Israel," Haim Yalin wrote in the complaint to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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"The residents' interest is to continue agricultural work which provides daily livelihood," Yalin insisted.

"The IDF, responsible for protecting the citizens of Israel, is criticized and judged as a member in the United Nations," the regional council head wrote. "On the other hand, Hamas, the neighborhood bully, is not subject to international law, is free to use prohibited weapons, and to direct it at a civilian population, without being judged or criticized by any official."


"I am calling on you to put an end to this hypocrisy," urged Yalin. "In the western Negev, an entire population suffers from the consequences of prolonged fighting in the region, and it must be given consideration."

Yalin emphasized that the complaint was written on behalf of 12 thousand residents living in the Eshkol regional council.

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