UN chief Ban calls for urgent aid to Gaza

January 29th, 2009 - 8:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Davos, Jan 29 (DPA) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Thursday called on the international community to provide quick assistance for the people in conflict-torn Gaza Strip.At the World Economic Forum in Davos, in Switzerland, Ban issued a so-called flash appeal for urgently needed assistance worth $613 million in order to help the 1.4 million Gaza residents.

“Everywhere I went, I saw evidence for critical humanitarian needs,” Ban said in reporting on his recent fact-finding visit to the Gaza Strip after the intense three-week Israeli air strikes.

The UN chief said the entire international community, including Israel, should participate in the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

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