Cycle of destruction in Gaza must end, says UN chief

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UN Secretary-General (far left) at the Cairo International Conference on Palestine “Reconstructing Gaza”, 12 October 2014. UN Photo

The cycle of building and destroying in Gaza must end, according to the UN Secretary-General.

On Sunday Ban Ki-moon attended a conference in Cairo, Egypt, to ask the international community to support a UN plan for the transformation of the Gaza Strip.

He said donors may be fatigued, but the people of Gaza are what he described as "bruised and bloody".

Last July, the Israeli Defense Forces launched a military operation in response to rocket attacks by the Palestinian faction Hamas.

The UN reported that at least 2,180 people were killed in Gaza, along with 71 Israelis.

In Cairo, Ban Ki-moon said almost one-third of Gaza's population was uprooted from their homes, with entire neighborhoods having been flattened.

He added the United Nations will continue supporting the Palestinian's Government of National Consensus as Gaza cannot be rebuilt on a weak political foundation.

The UN chief also announced he will visit Gaza on Tuesday to listen directly to the people, survey the situation for himself, and help advance the reconstruction efforts.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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