Press Releases

    SG/SM/8316
    23 July 2002

    Deploring Israeli Air Attack in Gaza, Secretary-General Expresses Concern Over "Possible Consequences" of Act

    NEW YORK, 22 July (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued tonight by the Spokes- man for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General deplores the Israeli air attack that took place late tonight in the Gaza Strip, reportedly leaving 10 persons dead and more than 100 injured, including women and children.

    Israel has the legal and moral responsibility to take all measures to avoid the loss of innocent life; it clearly failed to do so in using a missile against an apartment building. The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Israel to halt such actions and to conduct itself in a manner that is fully consistent with international humanitarian law.

    The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the possible consequences of this attack, and urges the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to do all in their power to restore safety and security for the civilian population on both sides.

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