12 June 2006

Secretary-General Deeply Disturbed at Killing of Civilians in Gaza; Calls for Full Investigation

NEW YORK, 9 June (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed at the killing of civilians, including women and children, on a beach in Gaza earlier today, reportedly by Israeli forces, and calls for a full investigation.  He extends his condolences to the bereaved families of the victims.

The Secretary-General reminds all concerned of their obligations under international humanitarian law to avoid placing civilians in danger, while urging the utmost restraint to avoid further escalation and bloodshed.

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