United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who himself suffered the loss of his special envoy for Iraq in a Baghdad bombing attack, on Tuesday condemned the suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
The UN chief condemned "in the strongest possible terms" Tuesday's suicide bombing by a Palestinian militant group in Jerusalem, which killed 20 Israelis and injured dozens more, Annan's spokesman Fred Eckhard said in a statement.
"Today has been a tragic day for the UN family as well, and we share the grief felt for all victims," the statement said.
Hours before the Jerusalem bombing, a massive truck bombing occurred outside a hotel in Baghdad, where the UN office for Iraq was housed. The attack killed at least 17 people, including Annan's special envoy for Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello, and injured more than 100 people.
Annan "has made clear repeatedly that terrorist attacks are totally reprehensible," the statement stressed.
He was quoted as urging Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas to take decisive action to arrest the instigation of this attack and prevent such attacks from happening again.
Annan also called on the government of Israel to act with restraint in the face of this provocation, and not contribute to arenewed cycle of violence and revenge.