UN probe into Gaza incidents begins work

Scene of destruction at Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip

12 February 2009 – A United Nations investigation into events incidents involving death and damage at the world body’s premises in Gaza during Israel’s recent three-week offensive kicked off today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

The four-member Board of Inquiry, led by Ian Martin of the United Kingdom, began its work in New York today and is expected to travel to the region shortly, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

The body will review and investigate several incidents in the Gaza Strip between 27 December 2008 and 19 January 2009 and “in which death or injuries occurred at, and/or damage was done to, United Nations premises or in the course of United Nations operations,” it noted.

The Secretary-General said that he expects that all parties will fully cooperate with the Board, which also comprises Larry Johnson of the United States, Sinha Basnayake of Sri Lanka and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Eichenberger of Switzerland.

Upon completing its investigation, the Board will report to Mr. Ban, who will then, upon reviewing the findings, decide what steps to take.


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