UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday said in a statement he “condemns in the strongest terms the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian population centers. He urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint, immediately de-escalate and return to the understandings of the past few months.”
Hamas on Monday slammed the United Nations chief for his statement “reflecting a bias towards the Israeli position and in support of Israel’s aggressive position” following a two-day flare-up that killed 27 Palestinians and four Israelis in the latest escalation between Israel and Gaza militants.
Hamas in a statement “expressed its shock at the statement’s omission of crimes committed on Friday, May 3rd by killing children and peaceful demonstrators participating in the return marches, followed by the assassination of two others, which called for a response to the resistance forces against the aggression.”
By responding with rocket fire to the death of its militants on Friday, Hamas said they did not initiate the latest round of escalation, but were acting in self defense.
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