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    SG/SM/8933

    13 October 2003

    SECRETARY-GENERAL DEPLORES KILLING OF PALESTINIAN
    CIVILIANS IN ISRAELI INCURSION INTO GAZA STRIP

    NEW YORK, 10 October (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General deplores the killing of Palestinian civilians during the Israeli incursion into Rafah in the Gaza Strip.  Two children were among those killed when the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) fired a missile into a crowded area.

    Not for the first time, the Secretary-General reminds Israel that the disproportionate use of force in densely populated areas is not compatible with international humanitarian law.

    The Secretary-General calls again on both sides to take every measure to avoid harming innocent civilians.

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