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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
United Nations News Service (See also > DPI)
15 August 2002


UN humanitarian envoy visits Palestinian officials in Gaza

15 August United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Personal Humanitarian Envoy, Catherine Bertini, focused her attention on the situation in Gaza today, meeting with senior Palestinian Authority officials, a UN spokesperson said in New York.

Ms. Bertini began her activities today by meeting with the ministers responsible for Social Affairs, Health and Supply, who briefed her on the humanitarian situation faced by the residents of Gaza.

She then went to the Karni commercial crossing, the main transfer point for goods going in and out of Gaza from Israel, to view the crossing procedures from the Palestinian side. Ms. Bertini visited the Israeli side of the Karni crossing earlier this week.

The remainder of the day was spent in the Jabalia camp in northern Gaza strip, which houses over 100,000 refugees. While there, Ms. Bertini toured health and social services projects and had the opportunity to meet with workers and refugee families alike.



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