Ban Ki-Moon expresses condolences to Israel
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a joint press conference with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah following a meeting on July 22, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. [AFP]
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The UN chief made the shocking remarks at joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon his arrival in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
“I extend my deep condolences to the prime minister and to the people of Israel on the fatalities from the recent escalation,” Ban said.
He also called on Tel Aviv to exercise “maximum restraint” in its attacks against the besieged enclave.
The Israeli premier, for his part, claimed the regime did not want civilian casualties in Gaza.
So far, more than 630 people have been killed and over 3,700 others injured by the Israeli regime despite pressure from international community.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel.
Israeli warplanes have been carrying out incessant airstrikes against Gaza since July 8. Last Thursday, thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion into the densely-populated strip.