UN voices concern over rocket fire from Gaza into Israel

UN voices concern over rocket fire from Gaza into Israel
# 27 February 2013 00:24 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The UN was deeply concerned over Tuesday's rocket attack from Gaza into southern Israel, saying there is no justification for such attacks, which breached a ceasefire reached between Palestinians and Israel last November, APA reports.

Speaking at an open meeting of the Security Council on the Middle East, Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, underscored the "troubling" nature of the incident and stressed the need to inject new life in the political process aimed at reaching a two-state solution.

Feltman called for urgently resuming negotiations aimed at breaking the impasse in the Middle East peace process.

"We know that there are negative forces on both sides, such as those who fired today's rocket from Gaza into Israel, who draw strength from stalemate and paralysis," he stated, adding that both sides have a responsibility to marginalize these forces by creating the conditions, including trust, for a successful negotiating process.

"As demonstrated today in the troubling rocket attack fired from Gaza into Israel, the temperature is again rising between Israelis and Palestinians with the situation of Palestinian prisoners the most immediate but not only cause and there is yet no process of negotiation to offer hope on the horizon," he said.

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel Tuesday morning, causing some damage but no injuries. It marked the first breach of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement of Nov. 21 last year, which ended an eight-day clash between Gaza and Israel that killed 170 Palestinians and six Israelis.

A militant group having ties with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party on Tuesday issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, saying that it was in response to the death of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail Saturday.

A 30-year-old Palestinian detainee, Arafat Jaradat, died in an Israeli prison less than a week following his arrest by the Shin Bet security service on suspicion of hurling rocks at Israeli civilians. Tensions escalated in the West Bank as thousands of Palestinian prisoners launched the hunger strike Sunday over the death of Jaradat.

The United Nations underscored the importance of restoring calm and calls for an independent and transparent investigation by the Israeli authorities into Jaradat's death, the results of which should be made public, Feltman added.

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