Press Releases

    SG/SM/9518
          5 October 2004

    Secretary-General Calls on Israel to Halt Military Incursions into Gaza, Calls on Palestinian Authority to Halt Firing of Rockets against Israeli Targets

    NEW YORK, 4 October (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued on 3 October by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Israel to halt its military incursions into the Gaza Strip, which have led to the deaths of scores of Palestinians, among them many civilians, including children.  The Secretary-General likewise calls on the Palestinian Authority to take action to halt the firing of rockets against Israeli targets by Palestinian militants.  He reminds both sides to this conflict that they have a legal obligation to protect all civilians.

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