15 January 2009
The UN chief Ban Ki-moon says he has expressed "strong protest and outrage" to Israel over the shelling of a United Nations compound in Gaza City.
“I conveyed my strong protest and outrage to the defense minister and the foreign minister and demanded a full explanation," Ban said, adding that he had demanded an investigation into the shelling.
"The defense minister said to me it was a grave mistake and he took it very seriously. He assured me that extra attention will be paid to UN facilities and staff and this will not be repeated."
Israeli shells damaged the international organization's headquarters in Gaza City, according to witnesses and UN officials. UN spokesman Chris Gunness says at least three people were wounded.
UNRWA’s warehouses burning in Gaza
UNRWA’s warehouses, containing thousands of tones
of humanitarian aid, go up in flames following Israeli shelling