United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Israel to exercise maximum restraint and condemned rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip after violence killed 10 Palestinian fighters and an Israeli civilian.
   
Ban's comments following weekend clashes -- the region's worst violence in months -- came after an Israeli air strike on Sunday killed a Gaza militant just hours after Islamic Jihad vowed to observe an Egyptian-brokered truce.
   
The Israeli military said after the latest incident that it had fired at "a terrorist squad that was preparing to fire rockets at Israel."
   
"The secretary general has been following with deep concern the recent escalation of violence and bloodshed in Southern Israel and Gaza," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky in the wake of the weekend's surge in attacks.
   
"He condemns rocket fire from Gaza, which has killed an Israeli civilian. He urges maximum Israeli restraint," Nesirky added.
   
Nine Palestinian militants and the Israeli civilian, who suffered rocket shrapnel wounds, died on Saturday.
   
The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor had earlier hit out at the UN Security Council for failing to condemn Palestinian rocket attacks.
   
"The council did not utter a single word of condemnation," Prosor said. "Today one Israeli civilian was murdered and others lay injured in hospitals this evening as a result of the escalating rocket fire."


(Agencies)