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Published:January 31st, 2016 09:05 EST

Ban Alarmed by Hamas Leadership's Pledge to Keep Firing Rockets at Israel

By SOP newswire3

Alarmed by recent statements from the Hamas leadership in Gaza about the group`s intention to continue building tunnels and firing rockets at Israel, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such remarks and actions do serious disservice " to the enclave`s long-suffering people and put at risk the international community`s humanitarian and development efforts.

Such statements and actions put at risk reconstruction, humanitarian and development efforts by the international community and Palestinian and Israeli authorities. They also do a serious disservice to the long-suffering people of Gaza, " said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson.

After three devastating conflicts in seven years, people in Gaza and the people of southern Israel deserve a chance for peace and development, the Secretary-General`s statement continued, underscoring that every effort must be made to improve the living conditions of the people of Gaza.

The Secretary-General reiterates his condemnation of terrorism in all its manifestations, " it concluded.

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