Israel files U.N. complaint over rockets


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council over the continued rocket fire on Israeli civilians from Gaza.

Gabriela Shalev, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, filed the official complaint Monday evening with Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s ambassador to the world body and the Security Council’s rotating president. The letter also was addressed to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The complaint comes after a weekend in which at least 12 Kassam rockets and their improved versions struck southern Israel, including one that slammed into a school in Ashkelon.

In the letter, Shalev said, "I write to draw your attention to recent and alarming terrorist activities carried out against Israel emanating from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. These ongoing attacks not only hinder efforts to reach a stable and durable cease-fire, but they represent an ongoing threat to the peace and security of Israel, as well as the people of Gaza."

The letter concluded: "The government of Israel will continue to safeguard the security of its citizens and will ensure that the situation in southern Israel does not return to the status quo ante of December 2008. Israel will not tolerate, and will respond accordingly, to attacks against its citizens."

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