Annan urges full investigation of killings in Gaza

9 June 2006

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged a probe of reports that civilians were killed by Israeli forces on a beach in Gaza today, and reminded all concerned to exercise restraint and avoid further bloodshed.

A spokesman for Mr. Annan said he was “deeply disturbed” at the incidents on a beach where women and children were reportedly among the dead, and called for a full investigation.

“The Secretary-General reminds all concerned of their obligations under international humanitarian law to avoid placing civilians in danger, while urging the utmost restraint to avoid further escalation and bloodshed,” the spokesman said in a statement.


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