Saturday, March 01, 2008

UN chief: Israel's use of violence in Gaza is 'disproportionate'

UN chief: Israel's use of violence in Gaza is 'disproportionate' - Haaretz - Israel News: "United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Saturday he condemned what he described as Israel's 'excessive and disproportionate' use of force in the Gaza Strip.

Speaking at an emergency session of the council on the escalation of violence in Gaza, called by Security Council member Libya on behalf of the Arab League and at the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Ban also condemned Palestinian rocket attacks against southern Israel.

'While recognizing Israel's right to defend itself, I condemn the disproportionate and excessive use of force that has killed an injured so many civilians, including children,' Ban told the emergency session of the council."

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