Ban Ki-Moon Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ of Gaza Bombing
Posted on Jan 20, 2009
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon toured several decimated sites in Gaza on Tuesday, including the remains of the U.N. compound in Gaza City destroyed last Thursday in an attack. The Israeli shelling of the compound has drawn strong international criticism—not the least of which came from Ban himself both before and during Tuesday’s visit.
“It is an outrageous and totally unacceptable attack on the United Nations,” Mr Ban said, the warehouse still smouldering behind him.
“There must be a full investigation, a full explanation to make sure it never happens again. There should be accountability through a proper judiciary system.
“I have protested many times. I am today protesting again in the strongest terms. I have asked [for a] full investigation and [to] make those responsible people accountable.’‘
Israel has claimed it attacked the coumpound because militants were firing rockets from inside. The claim was dismissed as “nonsense’’ by John Ging, the chief UN official in Gaza.
AP photo / Ben Curtis
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center left, visits the still-smoldering U.N. compound in Gaza City on Tuesday.