UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 'alarmed' by a Hamas announcement that it intends to continue developing its terror infrastructure in Gaza in order to continue attacking Israeli civilians.
"The Secretary-General is alarmed by recent statements from the Hamas leadership in Gaza about the group's intention to continue building tunnels and firing rockets at Israel," an official statement read.
"Such statements and actions put at risk reconstruction, humanitarian and development efforts by the international community and Palestinian and Israeli authorities," he added. "They also do a serious disservice to the long-suffering people of Gaza."
The statement also noted that "most people in Gaza and residents of southern Israel are interested in peace and developing the region. We must do all we can in order to achieve this goal."
He also made a point of condemning terror "from both sides" and "in all its manifestations."
Yesterday (Friday), former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said: "The Hamas military wing will continue with its preparations both underground and above ground. On land and at sea, we will not stop until the liberation of the holy places." The comment came during the funeral of terrorists who died after the tunnel they were digging collapsed.
Only a few days ago, Ban made a remark that was widely interpreted as defending Palestinian terror. "As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism," he said.