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UN chief Ban Ki-moon visits Gaza Strip

Gaza city, Oct 14 (): Secretary-General of United Nations Ban Ki-Moon visited the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, to look after the amount of damage caused in the city during the 50-day war with Israel.

The UN chief has visited the war-ravaged Gaza, just two days after the international donor conference held in the capital city of Egypt, Cairo, had raised 5.4 billion U.S. dollars in support to begin reconstruction in Caza city.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the head of the Palestinian unity government is accompanying Ban in this visit to the see the damaged sites.

Ban entered Gaza Strip through the checkpoint of Erez, and started his trip in the neighborhood of Shujaiyeh, eastern part of the Gaza City. Then, he reached the refugee camp at Jabalya. He saw the degree of destruction in both the places. The region in Shujaiyeh was almost entirely demolished during the fighting held at this summer.

After visiting these places, Ban told the reporters that the destruction he had seen was far worse than that caused in the previous Israel-Gaza conflict of winter 2008-2009.

Ban in his trip has also plans of visiting many other places, including the sea shore. He has also planned to speak with the Gazan fishermen at the sea shore. Also, he will visit the facilities of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) that were damaged during the war.

In his visit, Ban has asked Israel and the Palestinians to come to the discussing table to get an answer to the vital issues, warning violence would else come back to the region.

Peace talks between the sides collapsed in April, with the Palestinians irritated by Israel’s ramped-up settlement building and Israel angered by the Palestinian Authority’s decision to form a unity government with Hamas. Ban had urged the leaders of Israel and Palestine to revive the collapsed peace discussions without delay.

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