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                                                UN demands flow of goods to Gaza 
 

                             The UN says rebuilding the Gaza Strip will cost billions of dollars






BBC NEWS
Jan. 20, 2009

The UN humanitarian chief has urged Israel to fully open all crossings with Gaza to allow a free flow of goods.

John Holmes said unless Israel allowed building materials into Gaza, no reconstruction could begin there.

He said a recent truce between Israel and Hamas militants did not include any deal on the opening of the crossings, which are tightly controlled by Israel.

The UN earlier said rebuilding Gaza after Israel's three-week offensive would cost billions of dollars.



 CONFLICT IN FIGURES


More than 1,300 Palestinians killed

Thirteen Israelis killed

More than 4,000 buildings destroyed in Gaza, more than 20,000 severely damaged

50,000 Gazans homeless and 400,000 without running water



UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was appalled by Israeli attacks on a UN compound in Gaza after seeing the destruction for himself.

Mr Ban said that those responsible should be held accountable and demanded a "full investigation".

He later visited the southern Israeli town of Sderot, which has been one of the main targets of Palestinian rocket attacks in recent years.
 
Palestinian medical sources in Gaza say at least 1,300 Palestinians were killed, nearly a third of them children, and 5,500 injured since Israel launched its operation on 27 December.

Thirteen Israelis, including three civilians, have been killed, the Israeli army says.
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At a news conference in New York on Tuesday, Mr Holmes said it was "absolutely critical" that building materials - like cement and pipes - were allowed into Gaza to rebuild the Palestinian territory.

"Otherwise, the reconstruction effort won't get off first base," he said.

So far Israel has been allowing only basic humanitarian supplies - like food and medicine - into Gaza.

Mr Holmes, who is expected to visit Israel on Wednesday, also stressed that he would be pushing Israel to allow international aid organisation into Gaza.

"In theory, they have permission. In practice, it's proving very difficult to get into Gaza."

EU foreign ministers are due to meet Israeli representatives for talks later on Wednesday.
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