United Nations Secretary-General, AntĂłnio Guterres, stated that he is following the escalation and developments between Israel and the Gaza Strip âwith deep concernâ, and called on all parties to âexercise maximum restraintâ 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 âdeplored the risk of yet another dangerous escalation and further loss of life on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan,â on Sunday, and condemned âlaunching of rockets from Gaza into Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian population centersâ.
He said that Israel was âretaliating to the rockets lunched from the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Gaza) into Israel, particularly targeting city centers,â and called âon all parties to exercise maximum restraint.â
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 âall concerned parties,â 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