UN Chief Tours "Alarming" Destruction in Gaza

UN Chief Tours "Alarming" Destruction in Gaza

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon became the highest ranking international leader to visit Gaza since violence broke out three weeks ago. Calling the destruction "shocking and alarming," the UN head said Israel had used excessive force in Gaza. But he didn't place all the blame on Israel explaining: "I view the rocket attacks into Israel as completely unacceptable. We need to restore basic respect for civilians."

While there putting international pressure on Israel and Hamas to maintain the ceasefire, Ban also took time to inspect damage caused by the Israeli bombing of the UN's headquarters in Gaza. Despite the mistaken bombing, Ban told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that the UN would help rebuild Gaza after the violence, which killed 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israeli citizens.

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