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Israeli Envoy Brags of "Thwarting An Attempt to Act Against Us" US, Israel Work Together to Prevent UN From Criticizing Attack on HQ
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[quote:FreeFlow:MV83MDY0NzNfMTA4MjA3MjZfNzNCQzUwMTk=] Israel 'sorry' for bombing Gaza aid Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:07:50 GMT A UN foreign worker runs outside the UN warehouse in Gaza City after the Israeli military shelled the compound on January 15, destroying tons of badly-needed supplies. Israel's premier says he is "very sorry" for an Israeli attack that destroyed tons of food and supplies in a UN compound in Gaza. Israeli artillery shells struck the UN headquarters in the Gaza Strip Thursday. The attack set ablaze the warehouses in the compound, which held humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees. The strike, which was reportedly carried out using white phosphorus shells, drew a sharp rebuke from the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, who called it an "outrage". Head of Gaza operations for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), John Ging, said the compound -- consisting of workshops and warehouses -- was struck about half-dozen times, the Associated Press reported. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert claimed the army had bombarded the site after Hamas fighters had opened fired from that location. "It is absolutely true that we were attacked from that place but the consequences are very sad and we apologize for it," he said. "I don't think it should have happened and I'm very sorry," Olmert added. According to UNRWA's Ging, more than 700 civilians had taken shelter in the UN compound. Following the strike, UN workers and Palestinian firefighters struggled to salvage what they could from the debris. The UN secretary-general, who is visiting the region to put an end to a 20-day Israeli campaign in Gaza, has called for an official probe into the bombing. Tel Aviv launched Operation Cast Lead on December 27 to put an end to rocket attacks against southern Israeli towns. At least 1,133 Palestinians have died during the offensive, while some 5,150 others have been wounded. Hamas, the democratically-elected ruler of the coastal sliver, demands a cessation of an 18-month Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip before its fighters suspend rocket attacks. The huge number of civilian casualties in the densely-populated coastal sliver has provoked widespread outrage around the globe. A fierce controversy has also broken out over the alleged use of white phosphorus, also known by the military as WP or Willie Pete, by the Israeli army in Gaza The International Criminal Court prosecutor, meanwhile, said Wednesday that it lacks jurisdiction to investigate war crimes allegations against Israel. MD/HGH [/quote]
Posted January 15, 2009
An attempt by the British government and other members of the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel’s attack on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency headquarters in the Gaza Strip was foiled today, after Israel found out about the attempt and demanded United States ambassadors prevent it.
According to Israel’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Carmon “this is the first time we have succeeded in thwarting an attempt to act against us thanks to reliable firsthand information received from the Foreign Ministry and the IDF.”
European Union ambassadors called the meeting following the attacks, but the Israeli diplomats alerted the United States to it and the later prevented the council from achieving a resolution. Instead, Security Council President Jean-Maurice Ripert made a speech calling for both sides to stop fighting.
The attack on the compound destroyed several tons of food and fuel aid intended for Gaza’s civilian population and injured three aid workers. The United States has stymied several attempts by the United Nations Security Council to bring an end to the fighting in the Gaza Strip. Perceived Israeli influence over US policies was brought to the fore this week when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert claimed to have ordered President Bush to abstain from voting on a Friday vote on a Gaza ceasefire.
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