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UN chief demands immediate release of captured Israeli soldier

Published on Aug 2, 2014 1:56 AM
 
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon addresses the media on a visit to Nicaragua on July 29. He demanded on Friday that an Israeli soldier captured in Gaza be released immediately and condemned the reported ceasefire violation by Hamas.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon demanded on Friday that an Israeli soldier captured in Gaza be released immediately and condemned "in the strongest terms" the reported ceasefire violation by Hamas.

Mr Ban called on Israel and Hamas to show restraint and return to the 72-hour truce that collapsed after two soldiers were killed and a third reportedly captured near the southern city of Rafah.

"The secretary-general demands the immediate and unconditional release of the captured soldier," his spokesman said in a statement.

Mr Ban was "shocked and profoundly disappointed" by the renewed violence and warned that if reports of the attack on Israeli soldiers were confirmed "this would constitute a grave violation of the ceasefire," the statement added. "Such moves call into question the credibility of Hamas's assurances to the United Nations."

 
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