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Ban Ki-moon visits Gaza


Source: | 01-21-2009 10:07

Special Report:   Israel airstrikes in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has toured the Gaza Strip to inspect the devastation brought on by Israel's three-week onslaught.

Ban has pledged aid for Palestinians and called for thorough investigations where Palestinian civilians had been killed.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, speaks to the media as sunlight beams through the damaged roof of the still-smoldering warehouse at the U.N. headquarters in Gaza City in the northern Gaza strip, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Ban inspected the devastation wrought by Israel's onslaught in Gaza on Tuesday, leading a moment of silence at the U.N. headquarters, as the territory's militant Hamas rulers, triumphant at having survived, held victory rallies amid the ruins.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, speaks to the 
media as sunlight beams through the damaged roof of the 
still-smoldering warehouse at the U.N. headquarters in 
Gaza City in the northern Gaza strip, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 
2009.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Ban visited UN facilities that were targeted during the war. One was a school where nearly 40 Palestinians who had sought refuge from the fighting were killed in Israeli shelling.

His convoy also made a stop at the UN's Gaza City headquarters.The compound's warehouse was seriously damaged by Israeli fire last week. Desperately needed humanitarian supplies were destroyed.

The UN chief asked the crowd to honor victims of the offensive.Ban called the attacks on the UN headquarters in Gaza and two of its schools outrageous, and demanded a full investigation.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, said, "This (is) an outrages and totally unacceptable attack against the United Nations. I have protested many times, I'm today protesting again in the strongest terms and condemning it. I have asked full investigation and make those responsible people accountable."