UN chief visits Gaza and Israeli kibbutz hit by rockets

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Palestinians searching the rubble of destroyed homes in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives.

The destruction in Gaza as a result of Israeli attacks in July has been described by the UN Secretary-General as a source of personal "pain."

Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday visited Gaza where he met with the Deputy Prime Minister of the government of national consensus, as well as Palestinians who have been displaced by the conflict.

Mr. Ban also visited a fishery project of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and a school run by the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gibaliya where he spoke to reporters.

"The enormous destruction in Gaza is a source of pain to me personally and is a shame to the international community. I am here to say to the people of Palestine and the children of Palestine that you are not alone. I stand with you. The United Nations staff who showed great courage and commitment throughout the conflict stand with you. The whole international community stands with you." (28")

Before leaving Israel to return to New York, Mr Ban is scheduled to visit a kibbutz or community in southern Israel whose inhabitants had to endure rocket fire from Gaza during the conflict.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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