Killing Of Palestinian Demonstrators In Gaza
ANNAN STRONGLY CONDEMNS KILLING OF PALESTINIAN DEMONSTRATORS IN GAZA
New York, May 19 2004 2:00PM
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the killing and injury of Palestinian demonstrators in southern Gaza, and called on Israel to immediately end its military operations there.
"The killing of peaceful demonstrators, many of them women and children, has distressed the Secretary-General, who sends his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims," his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said in a statement.
Mr. Eckhard noted that the Secretary-General has repeatedly warned Israel, including yesterday via his Middle East envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, "that it must abide by its obligations as an occupying power, which include protecting the civilian population and eschewing the disproportionate or indiscriminate use of force."