15 November 2012UK Ambassador condemns attacks, calls for de-escalation of tension
After Wednesday night’s formal private meeting of the Security Council on the developing situation in Gaza and Israel, the UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, said:
“I utterly condemn rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel, which threaten Israeli civilians and risk precipitating another crisis in Gaza. My government understands the intolerable situation for civilians in southern Israel. They have the right to live without fear of attack from Gaza.
We urge Israel to act in a way that de-escalates tension and which increases the prospects for both sides to live in peace.
We call on all those involved to avoid any action which risks civilian casualties, and deeply regret civilian casualties that have already taken place.
And we are gravely concerned about the prospect of a spiral of violence. An escalation would be in no one's interest.”