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Frappes militaires contre les des écoles de l'UNRWA à Gaza - Déclaration du Secrétaire général - Communiqué de presse (6 janvier 2009) Français

Frappes militaires contre les des écoles de l'UNRWA à Gaza - Déclaration du Secrétaire général - Communiqué de presse (6 janvier 2009) Français
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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
Secretary-General
6 January 2009


Secretary-General
SG/SM/12037

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York



DEADLY ISRAELI STRIKES ON SANCTUARIES ‘TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE’, SECRETARY-GENERAL

SAYS, EXPRESSING DISMAY AT DAMAGE TO UNITED NATIONS FACILITIES


Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement today on strikes on United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) school in Gaza:

In the last day, three schools operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East have been hit by nearby Israeli military strikes.  A substantial number of civilians have been killed, particularly in the third strike, and many more have been injured.  I am awaiting full confirmation of the details of these incidents. 

These, and over 20 other schools, are serving as temporary shelters to over 15,000 Palestinians whose homes have been destroyed or who are fleeing the violence.  They are seeking sanctuary in UNRWA schools because they have no other place to go and are not able to flee the Gaza Strip. 

In another incident, seven United Nations staff were injured, three seriously, together with three patients, when a strike on a neighbouring building caused substantial collateral damage to an UNRWA health centre.

The locations of all United Nations facilities have been communicated to the Israeli authorities and are known to the Israeli army.  After earlier strikes, the Israeli Government was warned that its operations were endangering United Nations compounds.  I am deeply dismayed that, despite these repeated efforts, today’s tragedies have ensued.  These attacks by Israeli military forces which endanger United Nations facilities acting as places of refuge are totally unacceptable and must not be repeated.  Equally unacceptable are any actions by militants which endanger the Palestinian civilian population.

Today’s events underscore the dangers inherent in the continuation and escalation of this conflict.  I call once again for an immediate ceasefire.

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