Minister Martin condemns shelling of UNRWA HQ in Gaza
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Department of Foreign Affairs Press Release
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"I am appalled at the shelling of UNWRA HQ in Gaza City this morning which has resulted in three local UNWRA staff being injured. I am also aware of some suggestions that white phosphorous may have been used in this attack. If that is so, I would strongly condemn such an act and call for this to be fully investigated by the United Nations.
Our Representative in Ramallah has been in contact this morning with John Ging, the Executive Director of UNRWA, who has confirmed that he and other international staff at UNRWA HQ are safe. UNRWA have, however, been forced to suspend their activities for a second time following this incident and the heavy fighting reported in Gaza City today. It is of great concern that they have been forced to take this step, at a time when the Gazan population are enduring horrendous suffering.
Today’s events, yet again, underline the necessity for an immediate and permanent ceasefire to be instituted as soon as possible. Intensive diplomatic efforts are underway in the region, both through the good offices of the Egyptian Government and the negotiations on a ceasefire which they are hosting in Cairo, as well as which UN Secretary General Ban is today visiting Israel. We will continue to support these efforts to secure an end to the violence which remains the utmost priority."
15 January 2009