Deadly clash at UN-run school in Gaza Strip sparks concern from Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced deep concern over yesterday’s violent clash outside a school in the Gaza Strip operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in which one person was killed and eight others – including two schoolchildren – were injured in an intra-Palestinian clash.
In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban noted that this was the latest in a series of internecine incidents that have “have claimed innocent and unarmed victims.
He called on the Palestinian National Unity Government “to exercise its responsibility to ensure law and order, including the protection of humanitarian organizations such as UNRWA that deliver vital aid services to the people of Gaza,” according to the statement.
Mr. Ban also urged the Palestinian Authority to take all measures needed to immediately halt the firing of rockets from Gaza towards Israeli population centres, observing that they target civilians by definition, the spokesperson added.