28 July 2011
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said that, at ten minutes past midnight last night, ten men attacked and vandalised its Summer Games site in north-west Gaza. The attackers damaged a large billboard, burnt a UN flag and torched part of the stage. None of the UN security personnel at the venue were harmed.
Regardless of the attack, the Agency said that later today, children participating in the Gaza Summer Games will attempt a world record for the largest number of children flying kites.
The Relief and Works Agency condemned this attack, which is an attack on the children of Gaza as much as on the United Nations. It called on the authorities in Gaza to investigate and bring those responsible to account. It also said it would repair and rebuild the damaged infrastructure and go ahead with the event as planned today.
The Secretary-General shares the Agency’s views on the attack and he wishes the children the best as they seek to break the kite-flying record today.