The United Nations send the big guns to the Middle East

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Israel's offensive in Gaza has waged for over two weeks, despite pleas for peace from the international community. Israeli troops are now doing battle inside neighborhoods just east and west of Gaza City, while the Israeli navy shells from the west. There are also reports of face-to-face combat with Hamas militants. Today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon heads to the Middle East to try and enforce the cease-fire resolution passed by the United Nations earlier this week. For the latest on the developments in the Middle East we turn to the BBC's Tim Franks.

Editor's note: If you didn't hear the correction on the air, about half of the more than 900 Palestinians killed in the Gaza fighting have been civilians. We earlier incorrectly stated all were civilians.

Watch Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's press conference on Gaza.


Tim Franks

Comments [1]


In discussing Gaza today, John said: "over 900 civilians killed in Gaza...". Civilians? All civilians? John, do you believe this? Was it a slip or do you actually believe that ALL the casualties in the Gaza war have been civilians? No Hamas fighters?
As an Israeli, I can say that we are saddened by the huge human toll in Gaza. Too many civilians have been hurt, too many killed. But the targets of this action are Hamas fighters and leaders who are committed to the destruction of the state of Israel.

Jan. 13 2009 08:50 AM

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