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Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Meron Reuben filed a complaint with the Security Council, following a series of Kassam rocket attacks on Ashkelon on Tuesday.
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Reuben stated that Israel places full responsibility on Hamas, which is acting in direct violation of international law, and added the Jewish State will continue to exercise its right to self defense.
A Kassam rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into the Ashkelon area on Tuesday morning, landing in Kibbutz Zikim. The rocket exploded near a kindergarten, as dozens of parents were dropping off their children at school, injuring a 14-year old girl.
The incident followed a spate of attacks emanating from Gaza in the
previous days, encompassing the launch of some three rockets and 18
mortars into the regions of Eshkol and Ashkelon. These attacks included
the launch of six mortars on Sunday at IDF forces operating near the
Kerem Shalom Crossing.
Reuben's complaint followed a letter he sent to the UN earlier this
month warning of a possible escalation of violence in the area.
"In a previous letter on 9 December 2010, I mentioned that the
escalation of such attacks should be viewed with the utmost seriousness.
With the intention of preventing the continued escalation of conflict,
the Security Council, the Secretary-General, and the international
community must send a clear and resolute message that these attacks are
unacceptable," Reuben said in the complaint.
"In addition, the Security Council must give appropriate attention to
the smuggling of arms into Gaza, which continues to fuel violence and
instability in our region - in violation of numerous Security Council
resolutions, including resolution 1860," he added.
Earlier on Tuesday, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi
called the situation in Gaza “fragile and explosive.” Sources in the
Southern Command told The Jerusalem Post
Hamas would likely prevent rocket fire deep into the Israeli home
front, but continue targeting towns and IDF positions along the border.
“We have no guarantee that the situation won’t deteriorate if a rocket
causes a large number of casualties,” Ashkenazi said during one of his
final briefings to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.Rebecca Anna Stoil and Yaakov Katz contributed to this report