UN chief condemns Israeli teens' kidnapping

Reuters , Sunday 15 Jun 2014

 Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (Photo:Reuters)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, called for their safe return and urged all sides to exercise restraint.

He also expressed "deep concern" about violence on the ground and the death of a seven-year-old child in the Gaza Strip on Saturday following a recent Israeli air strike.

"The secretary general condemns the abduction on 12 June of three Israeli students, including two minors, in the West Bank," his spokesman said in a statement.

"He expresses his solidarity with the families of the abducted and calls for their immediate release," he added.

Ban also expressed his condolences to the family of the child killed in Gaza.

"The secretary general urges all to exercise restraint and lend their urgent support for the release and safe return of the three youths," the spokesman added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused the Islamist Hamas movement of kidnapping the teenagers as a massive West Bank manhunt for them entered a third day.

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