The recent uptick in violence in the West Bank and along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip may result in a new round of “bloodshed,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday.
Ban’s statement, released hours after the Israeli Air Force launched strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a sniper attack that killed an Israeli civilian, urged Israel and the Palestinians to maintain a ceasefire and restore calm to the region.
The UN chief went on to condemn the killing of 22-year-old Israeli citizen Saleh Abu Latif, as well as a thwarted terror attack on a bus in Bat Yam Sunday.
He also expressed regret over the reported death of a three-year-old child in Gaza, the result of “Israeli retaliatory raids.”
In one of six raids Tuesday, the IAF destroyed a Hamas military training facility west of the Khan Yunis refugee camp, Israel Radio reported. The report added that Hamas targets in the Gaza neighborhood of Zaytoun and the Al-Bureij camp were damaged by the IAF as well.
Military sources said that the airstrikes were “limited in scope” and “not ongoing.” Aside from a directive given to farmers to avoid the fields in direct proximity to the border, the IDF Home Front Command issued no further orders to civilians in the area.
Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.