News / Middle East

    UN Official Condemns Rocket Attack on Israel

    Israeli bomb technicians inspect the remains of a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip which landed near the southern city of Ashkelon on February 26, 2013.
    Israeli bomb technicians inspect the remains of a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip which landed near the southern city of Ashkelon on February 26, 2013.
    Larry Freund
    A senior United Nations official has condemned a Tuesday rocket attack which Israel alleges came from the Gaza Strip, and he called on Israel to demonstrate maximum restraint.  Israel says a single rocket landed outside the city of Ashkelon, causing no injuries.

    The U.N. Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, told the U.N. Security Council there is no justification for rocket attacks, which he said not only target innocent civilians but risk triggering a renewed spiral of violence.

    A Palestinian militant group has claimed it fired the rocket as a response to what it terms the assassination of prisoner Arafat Jaradat.  But the Hamas government in Gaza accused Israel of fabricating the rocket incident.

    The 30-year-old Jaradat died in Israeli custody, triggering Palestinian demonstrations and clashes in the West Bank and accusations that Jaradat was tortured.  Israel says Jaradat was not beaten during his interrogation and that he died of a heart attack.

    In his remarks to the Security Council, Feltman said the U.N. continues to condemn all indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel.

    “It is important for both sides to maintain their commitment to the cease-fire brokered in November 2012, and it is the responsibility of the de facto authorities in the Gaza Strip to prevent any recurrence of today’s attack," he said. "Until today’s Palestinian rocket attack, this was the longest period without projectiles fired from Gaza in recent years, and both sides should work to consolidate the calm that prevailed before today.”

    Feltman called for an independent and transparent investigation by Israeli authorities into the circumstances surrounding Jaradat’s death. Of particular concern, he added, is the worsening health of four other Palestinian prisoners who are on a hunger strike.

    ​Feltman also says new life must be injected into the dormant Middle East peace process.

    “This is a time for renewed impetus and political will to end the conflict and the occupation that has already scarred the lives of far too many Israelis and Palestinians for far too long," he said."We need to act now, first and foremost for the sake of the younger generations. They deserve a future of peace.”

    Feltman called on the Security Council to act decisively on fostering Mideast peace.

    You May Like

    Native Americans Ask: What About Our Water Supply?

    They say they have been facing a dangerous water contaminant for decades - uranium – but the problem has received far less attention than water contamination by lead in Flint, Michigan

    Pakistan's President Urges Nation Not to Celebrate Valentine's Day

    Mamnoon Hussain criticizes Valentine's Day, which falls on Sunday this year, as a Western import that threatens to undermine the Islamic values of Pakistan

    Mother of IS Supporter: Son Was Peaceful, 'Role Model'

    Somali-American Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State militants

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Ettore Greco
    February 27, 2013 11:38 AM
    “Many simultaneous rebellions stirred up in Arab Countries will benefit in the end only the State of Israel with the expansion of its territory
    while.in Europe and in the US, the financial resources "like magic" will disappear through bailouts, tax cuts and elaborated emergency maneuvers which will be ruled only to appear beneficial for those Countries but instead appositely designed for their collapse (except for England that will push Europe over the precipice). The Deception supported by the media is the Zionist main weapon and there is a risk that people will realize what is happening only when it will be too late and there will be no alternatives.

    by: Ben
    February 27, 2013 10:19 AM
    Larry, as a Jew you aren`t ashamed of the next reaction of the anti-semitic UN?
    As always UN shake its finger at beloved Hamas and recommend the always guilty Israel to justificate herself before terroristic gang.
    Isreal must immideately leave this UN.
    In Response

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
    February 28, 2013 2:52 AM
    Listen Ben,whether the UN sees the true or not,you cannot buried the true,the true will always speak for itself.you cannot allow the enemy to run you out of town,we must stay in the UN, and the true will prevail,I dont care what they do in the UN,the bottom line is in Israel.The whole world know that land is for the Jews,whether you hate the Jews or not,you dare well know that land is for the Jews.By the way, I am not a Jews,I am an African from Liberia,who love Israel.I am a strong supporter of the Jewish State.God Bless Israel

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
    February 27, 2013 3:07 AM
    Hamas primary motive is to hurt the Jewish People,because in no way Hamas can fight nor defeat Israel,so what they do is to target innocent civilians populated area,and this is a ground to breed more violence in the region,it is a remedy for failure in the peace process.Becuz what give them the right to killed Israeli civilians and Israel cannot do the same?what give them the right to shed the innocent Israel civilians Blood,and Israel cannot do the same?

    look we are not violence people ,dont get us wrong,we just need the JEWS HATERS TO ANSWER OUR QUESTION,simple as that.Israel is committed to the cease fire,those people are the one's with the problem,check around the world,who are the problem people? the Islamic people.and there is no if or but about this.We agreed with feltman,however the younger generation from the other side are rebels,if they deserve a future,then they need to lay down their arms and stand for their future and for the sake of peace.But how can they lay their arms when they have been indoctrinated from birth to hate the Jews?the world has a big problem in their hands,you mark my word....

    by: Leroy from: Padmore
    February 26, 2013 8:06 PM
    Now the world watched on 02/26/13, A rocket from Gaza landed into Israel,what the UN,the so call world leaders are doing about this?and to ALL THE ISRAEL HATERS,WHAT ARE YOU SAYING NOW?if it was Israel,then the whole world will be on blaze,But as we said,we support Israel to defend herself against any attacked from Gaza,Lebanon,Syria,or Iran.Israel being a sovereign state has the right as any nation to defend and protect it's citizen.If Israel fire rocket into Iran,Iran will defend herself,so why Israel cannot do the same?But we are calling on the UN to look into this matter,because every aggression against Israel must stop.or else another war will begin.and I can guarantee you Israel will pound on Gaza,God Bless Israel,Shalom to the Jewish People

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortagei
    X
    February 12, 2016 7:31 PM
    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortage

    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Gateway to Mecca: Historical Old Jeddah

    Local leader Sami Nawar's family has been in the Old City of Jeddah for hundreds of years and takes us on a tour of this ancient route to Mecca, also believed to be the final resting place of Adam's wife, Eve.
    Video

    Video New Technology Aims to Bring Election Transparency to Uganda

    A team of recent graduates from Uganda’s Makerere University has created a mobile application designed to help monitor elections and expose possible rigging. The developers say the app, called E-Poll, will make Uganda's democratic process fairer. From Kampala, VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
    Video

    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video Russia Bristles at NATO Expansion in E. Europe

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is meeting Friday with the head of NATO after the Western military alliance and the United States announced plans for the biggest military build-up in Europe since the Cold War. Russia has called NATO's moves a threat to stability in Europe. But NATO says the troop rotations and equipment are aimed at reassuring allies concerned about Russia as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video To Fight Zika, Scientists Target Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes strike again. The Zika virus outbreak is just the latest headline-grabbing epidemic carried by these biting pests, but researchers are fighting back with new ways to control them. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look.
    Video

    Video Mosul Refugees Talk About Life Under IS

    A top U.S. intelligence official told Congress this week that a planned Iraqi-led operation to re-take the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is unlikely to take place this year. IS took over the city in June 2014, and for the past year and a half, Mosul residents have been held captive under its rule. VOA's Zana Omar talked to some families who managed to escape. Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.
    Video

    Video Scientists Make Progress Toward Better Diabetes Treatment, Cure

    Scientists at two of the top U.S. universities say they have made significant advances in their quest to find a more efficient treatment for diabetes and eventually a cure. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects more than 370 million people worldwide. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
    Video

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
    Video

    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.