Ban warns on Israel-Syria tensions

2012-11-12 13:00

New York - UN leader Ban Ki-moon appealed on Sunday to Israel and Syria to ease tensions on their disputed Golan Heights frontier amid warnings that conflict in Syria could spread.

Israel fired warning shots into Syria after a mortar from the Syrian side hit an Israeli position in the Golan, officials said.

"The secretary general is deeply concerned by the potential for escalation," said UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky.

"He calls for the utmost restraint" and urges both side to uphold the 1974 accord which set up a ceasefire line and demilitarised zone which is patrolled by UN forces.

Syria and Israel must halt "firing of any kind" across the ceasefire line, added Ban, who has made repeated warnings that Syria's 20-month old conflict could spill over into battles with neighbouring Israel, Lebanon and Turkey.

Ban was "concerned" by reports of clashes between President Bashar Assad's forces and opposition rebels in the demilitarised zone in the Golan, said the spokesperson. No injuries to civilians or UN personnel were reported, the UN said.

Senior officers in the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) have demanded that the Syrian army withdraw from the zone, UN officials said.

  • arnaud.munezero - 2012-11-12 14:51

    What is now

  • venus.nakesch - 2012-11-13 10:06

    syria 20 months old conflict will end up regional war. instead of creating another bloodshed syria better to concentrate on domestic issues. guerilla between pro Assad and protesters won`t stop and contrary will continuou to rise the death toll which is already alarming so far

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