Saturday, January 23, 2010

Israel pays U.N. for damage in Gaza offensive

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U.N lead investigator Richard Goldstone inspects damage inflicted on homes in Gaza during the offensive of 2008/2009.

(CNN) -- Israel has paid the United Nations $10.5 million for damage to its facilities during last year's offensive against militants in Gaza, the U.N. said Friday.

During the three weeks of fierce fighting, Israeli shells set ablaze the U.N.'s main aid distribution warehouse in Gaza City and also attacked three U.N. schools for Palestinian refugee children, the U.N. said.

"With this payment, the United Nations has agreed that the financial issues relating to those incidents referred to in the terms of reference of the Board of Inquiry are concluded," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Martin Nesirky said Friday.

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