UN chief calls for calm

Weekend Herald - - World -

United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res is urg­ing an im­me­di­ate halt to “all hos­tile acts” to avoid “a new con­fla­gra­tion” in the Mid­dle East af­ter Is­raeli forces bombed Ira­nian tar­gets in­side Syria. Is­rael says the strikes were re­tal­i­a­tion for an Ira­nian rocket bar­rage on its po­si­tions in the Golan Heights and has called on the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral to im­me­di­ately con­demn Iran’s at­tack. The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, deeply di­vided over Syria, is highly un­likely to is­sue a state­ment and as of yes­ter­day no coun­cil mem­ber had asked for a meet­ing. Is­rael and Iran have long fought each other through prox­ies, and with the new ex­change each seemed to be send­ing a warn­ing that a di­rect clash be­tween them could swiftly es­ca­late.

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