UN Condemns Rocket Attacks, Urges Restraint From Israel

(New York, NY) -- The UN Secretary-General says he's alarmed by the new wave of violence in the Middle East. Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that he condemns the rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel but he also urges Israel to exercise restraint. Ban said he spent much of the day in "active dialogue" with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Ban called on Israel and the Palestinians to adhere to a ceasefire agreement from November 2012.
He warned the situation in the Middle East is "leading to a downward spiral which could quickly get beyond anyone's control." Ban added "this is a time for justice and not for revenge, it's a time for statesmanship and wisdom."