In particular, the Secretary-General condemns Saturday’s attempt by Israel to assassinate the Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin. Not only are extra-judicial killings a violation of international humanitarian law. The attack on Shaikh Yassin also involved the use of disproportionate force in a densely populated civilian area. The Secretary-General calls on Israel to cease and desist from such acts and return to efforts at negotiation with its Palestinian partners, as outlined in the Quartet Road Map. He fears that the alternative is still greater bloodshed and loss of innocent civilian life.