Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called
for restraint from all sides in Israel and Lebanon and urged them
to refrain from "provocations", Xinhua reported.
The UN chief's call came following the deadly clashes along the
Blue Line, a border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel in the
occupied Golan Heights and in the occupied Palestinian territory.
About a dozen people were killed on the Syrian and Lebanese
borders when Israeli forces opened fire at the demonstrators who
climbed the fence to enter Israel, reports said.
Palestinians and Arabs demonstrated in the Palestinian territories
and on Israel's borders with Syria and Lebanon to mark the 63rd
anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, the term they use to
refer to Israel's creation in 1948 and the subsequent uprooting of
Palestinians from their hometowns and villages.
"The secretary-general is deeply concerned that a significant
number of people have been killed or injured. He calls on all
concerned to show restraint and refrain from provocations so as to
prevent escalation of tensions and ensure civilians are not killed
or injured," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.
"The secretary-general calls for calm throughout the region and
utmost responsibility from all concerned," the statement said.
"He reiterates the urgent need for a just, lasting and
comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace, which ensures dignity and
security for all, including an end to occupation, an end to
conflict, and a just and agreed solution to the plight of
"The secretary-general calls for a renewed and sustained effort to
resume Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and advance the broader
goal of a comprehensive regional peace in the Middle East," the