UN RIGHTS OFFICIAL URGES ALL PARTIES IN GAZA AND ISRAEL TO PULL BACK FROM CONFRONTATION

> Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:05:02 -0500
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> UN RIGHTS OFFICIAL URGES ALL PARTIES IN GAZA AND ISRAEL TO PULL BACK FROM CONFRONTATION > New York, Nov 16 2012 10:05AM
> The United Nations human rights chief today urged all parties in Gaza and Israel to pull back from an “increasingly dangerous confrontation” and respect their obligations under humanitarian law to protect citizens. >
> High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay “is following the unfolding situation in Gaza and southern Israel with considerable alarm,” her spokesperson, Rupert Colville, <“http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12798&LangID=E“>told reporters in Geneva. >
> “She is appalled that once again civilians are losing their lives, including three Israeli citizens killed in their apartment by one of the hundreds of rockets fired over the past week as well as several Palestinian children, including a baby, and also a pregnant woman and some other civilians killed in Gaza.” >
> On Wednesday, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, the head of the military wing of the Palestinian group Hamas which controls Gaza, was killed when his car was reportedly targeted during Israeli air strikes on the territory, following a wave of rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza. >
> The violence in Gaza and southern Israel has intensified over the past week, resulting in several people being killed or wounded on both sides. >
> “The High Commissioner has repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, and is deeply concerned both by the recent major upsurge in the number of rocket attacks, and that they are now being aimed at a major city such as Tel Aviv,” Mr. Colville said. >
> “She is also extremely concerned by the sharp increase in aerial attacks by Israeli forces on the heavily populated Gaza Strip in the past two days and urges both sides to pull back from an increasingly dangerous confrontation,” he added. >
> Ms. Pillay joins Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his call to both sides to take serious steps to avoid further escalation and ensure the protection of civilians. >
> On Monday, Mr. Ban called for an immediate cessation of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israel. Two days later, he expressed his concern about the deteriorating situation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and noted his expectation that Israeli reactions are measured so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could cause additional civilian casualties and have dangerous spill-over effects in the region. > ________________
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