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Sr. UN Official Deplores Suicide Bombing In Israel

Senior UN official in Middle East deplores suicide bombing in Israel

4 February 2008 - Nothing can ever justify terrorist attacks, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) said after learning of today's suicide bombing in the southern Israeli town of Dimona.

"My sympathy and the sympathy of all my staff go first of all to the victims of this terrorist attack," Robert Serry told Israel Radio after the bombing, in which an Israeli woman was killed along with the bomber.

"I think very much about the people of Dimona at this time and I can tell [you] that two weeks ago I happened to be also in Sderot when that city was subjected to a rain of rockets coming from Gaza. All these... terrorist actions of course serve no legitimate purpose. The UN condemns terror. Nothing can justify such attacks."

Meanwhile, UNSCO reported that two crossings from Israel into the Gaza Strip - Sufa and Karni - were open today, with about 70 truckloads in total expected to be sent to the crowded territory, which is home to about 1.4 million Palestinians.

Nineteen truckloads of aid, including paper for UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) schoolbooks arrived through the Sufa crossing, along with 12 truckloads of commercial goods, such as dairy and meat products and fruit. Wheat flour, corn and animal feed arrived via the Karni crossing.

UNSCO said today's deliveries represent progress but the overall movement of goods, heavily restricted since Israeli authorities imposed tight restrictions last month in response to rocket and mortar attacks against Israeli residential areas, is still a trickle.

Also today, the Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People issued a statement expressing alarm at the "ever deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem."

The statement said the worsening economic and humanitarian situation may "jeopardize the political momentum achieved through recent international efforts to encourage the resumption of the peace process" between Israelis and Palestinians.

ENDS

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