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UN chief condemns murder of Israeli teenagers

June 30, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning the murder of three Israeli teenagers by “enemies of peace” in the strongest terms.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said “he hopes Israeli and Palestinian authorities will work together to bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice, and extends his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims.”

Ban calls on all parties “to refrain from any actions that could further escalate this highly tense situation,” Dujarric said.

The teenagers were abducted June 12 and their bodies were found Monday.

“The secretary-general believes this heinous act by enemies of peace aims to further entrench division and distrust and to widen the conflict,” he said.

Ban stressed that “there can be no justification for the deliberate killing of civilians,” Dujarric said.

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