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Hamas goons welcomed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to Gaza today. They chucked shoes and rocks at his convoy.
Palestinian demonstrators surround the convoy of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as it enters the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Relatives of Palestinians held in Israeli jails flung slippers Thursday at an armored convoy carrying Ban and tried to block the vehicles from entering the Gaza Strip. (AP/Hatem Moussa)
An angry crowd hurled shoes and stones at United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s convoy as it entered Hamas-run Gaza on Thursday.
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The crowd also struck the vehicles with signs bearing slogans accusing Ban of bias towards Israel, among others. No one was injured in the incident and the convoy simply pushed through the crowd and sped away. Ban is visiting the region to try to jumpstart the long-stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
His visit comes on the heels of a similar failed visit by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who said she feared the “window for talks” was “closing.” Both demanded Israel make “goodwill gestures” to the PA and Hamas while making no similar demands on officials in Ramallah and Gaza City.