UN chief in Sderot: No one should have to live like this
During visit to Qassam-stricken town, Ban says any attempt to harm civilians must be condemned; adds that he was exposed to suffering of Gazans due to poverty, IDF operations
During a visit to Sderot on Thursday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said nothing can justify the launching of rockets and mortars from Gaza, adding that Israeli civilians should not have to live under the threat of terror.
Any attempt to harm civilians must be condemned, Ban told reporters at the Qassam-stricken town in south Israel.
The UN secretary general mentioned that during his visit to Gaza earlier in the day he was exposed to what he referred to as the suffering of civilians due to poverty and IDF operations. He called on both sides to honor human rights.
While visiting the educational campus at the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, Ban told students that he has repeatedly called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to halt the violentcrackdown on anti-regime demonstrators.
Earlier Thursday, relatives of Palestinians held in Israeli jails hurledslippers at an armored vehicle carrying Ban as it was travelling by the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun.
About 40 relatives of Palestinian prisoners gathered at the Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel, hoisting posters with pictures of their loved ones and signs in English and Arabic reading, "Ban Ki-moon, enough bias to Israel." Two of the protesters reportedly threw slippers at his car.
According to the Al-Arabiya network, the protesters also hurled rocks at the car.