UNITED NATIONS : The United Nations chief has called upon the Security Council to ''shoulder its responsibilities under the [UN} charter'' following-

Strikes by Israeli planes on allegedly Iranian positions in Syria.

In a statement released by his spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Thursday, Antonio Geterres asked the Security Council to remain ''actively seized of the matter and shoulder its responsibilities under the Charter.''

''He stands ready to work closely with all its members in this regard,'' the statement read.

''The Secretary General followed with utmost concerns reports of overnight of missile launches from Syria targeting Israeli positions and retaliatory strikes by the Israeli Defence Forces that followed earlier strikes in Syria on Sunday [May 6].

Dujarric said the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force had urged Syria and Israeli to exercise restraint and abide by their obligations under the Disengagement of Forces Agreement.

''The Secretary General urges an immediate halt to all hostile acts and any provocation actions to avoid a new conflagration in a region already embroiled in terrible conflicts with immense suffering of civilians.''


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