UN chief urges restraint from Israel, Arab sides after deadly clashes

13:35, May 16, 2011      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called on all sides concerned to "show restraint and refrain from provocations" after the deadly clashes along the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon, in the occupied Golan Heights and in the occupied Palestinian territory.

About a dozen people were killed on the Syrian and Lebanese borders when Israeli forces opened fire at the demonstrators who climbed the fence to enter Israel, reports said.

Palestinians and Arabs demonstrated in the Palestinian territories and on Israel's borders with Syria and Lebanon to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, the term they use to refer to Israel's creation in 1948 and the subsequent uprooting of Palestinians from their hometowns and villages.

A statement, issued here by Ban's spokesman, said, "The secretary-general is deeply concerned that a significant number of people have been killed or injured. He calls on all concerned to show restraint and refrain from provocations so as to prevent escalation of tensions and ensure civilians are not killed or injured."

"The secretary-general has closely followed today's very serious incidents along the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon, and in the occupied Golan following the breach of the disengagement line from the Syrian side," the statement said. "He has also been following clashes in the occupied Palestinian territory."

"The secretary-general calls for calm throughout the region and utmost responsibility from all concerned," the statement said.

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Source: Xinhua
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