Thursday, January 15, 2009

UN Gaza headquarters shelled by Israel

First UN schools, now UN headquarters in Gaza, housing hundreds of Palestinian civilians.

The U.N. compound struck Thursday houses the U.N. Works and Relief Agency, which distributes food aid to hundreds of thousands of destitute Gazans in the tiny seaside territory of 1.4 million people.

"I conveyed my strong protest and outrage to the defense minister and foreign minister and demanded a full explanation," said [U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon], who arrived in Israel on Thursday morning from Egypt.

It had only that morning become a makeshift shelter for 700 Gaza City residents seeking sanctuary from relentless Israeli shelling, U.N. officials in Gaza said.

White phosphorus shells, made in the US, were used.

The Prime Minister of Israel claims that Hamas was firing from the compound. Déjà vu, anyone?

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