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UN chief voices concern at Israeli air strikes on Syria

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced ‘grave concern’ at reported Israeli air strikes on Syria, and called on all sides to ‘exercise maximum calm and restraint’.

‘The secretary-general expresses grave concern over reports of air strikes in Syria by the Israeli Air Force,’ Xinhua quoted a statement issued by Ban’s spokesman as saying.

‘At this time, the United Nations does not have details of the reported incidents,’ the statement said. ‘Nor is the United Nations in a position to independently verify what has occurred,’ it added.

Media reports said Syria has deployed missile defence batteries towards Israel in response to the Israeli attack that targeted a Syrian army facility in the capital city of Damascus Sunday.

Syria’s state media accused Israel of trying to give a boost to the Syrian rebels.
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