United Nations Secretary-General, Ant√≥nio Guterres, stated that he is following the escalation and developments between Israel and the Gaza Strip ‚Äúwith deep concern‚ÄĚ, and called on all parties to ‚Äúexercise maximum restraint‚ÄĚ to avoid further tension and casualties.
Although his statement ignored the death of four Palestinians, who were killed by the Israeli forces, Friday, the day before the escalation started, Guterres ‚Äúdeplored the risk of yet another dangerous escalation and further loss of life on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan,‚ÄĚ on Sunday, and condemned ‚Äúlaunching of rockets from Gaza into Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian population centers‚ÄĚ.
He said that Israel was ‚Äėretaliating to the rockets lunched from the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Gaza) into Israel, particularly targeting city centers,‚ÄĚ and called ‚Äúon all parties to exercise maximum restraint.‚ÄĚ
In a statement published by the UN, it said that its Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, issued a similar call, and said that he is working closely with Egypt and ‚Äúall concerned parties,‚ÄĚ to restore calm.
Palestinians killed (confirmed):
May 5, 2019
May 4, 2019
May 3, 2019 (before the launch of the current offensive)
Israelis killed (confirmed):
May 5, 2019