Friday, 16 January 2009

Israeli troops shell the U.N. headquarters in Gaza

On Thursday Israeli troops shelled the U.N. headquarters in Gaza setting the compound on fire, destroying tons of food and humanitarian supplies.

About 700 residents of nearby blocks of flats taking shelter in the compound were forced to flee.

The fires then threatened to engulf five fuel tankers. The trucks were quickly moved out of the area avoiding a massive explosion.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his "outrage" and demanded a full explanation from the Israeli government.

The Israeli defence minister told him that it was a grave mistake.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the compound had been targeted because militants had opened fire from there. He blamed the militants.

Today, the senior UN official in Gaza, John Ging, described claims by the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that militants were using the compound to fire on Israeli troops as "total nonsense".

Had the fire set alight the five fuel tankers causing an explosion, would Israel have alleged that the compound was an ammunitions factory of the militants.

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