UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday affirmed the international organization's support for the reconstruction of Gaza Strip, which was devastated by the recent Israeli 50-day aggression.
Addressing a joint news conference with Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amro in Gaza, Ban said he came from Egypt where he attended an international conference to rebuild the enclave in order to show "support for your cause" and to extend UN's backing for the humanitarian causes of the Palestinian people.
He said he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Cairo, and discussed the delivery of urgent aid for the Palestinians, reconstruction of Gaza, management of border crossings and the lifting of the Israeli siege on the strip.
Ban said the Palestinian government of national consensus has sent a strong message to the world when it met in Gaza recently. The reconstruction conference for Gaza succeeded in guaranteeing USD 5.4 billion in pledges.
Abu Amro said the talks with Ban touched upon the reconstruction of Gaza, operation of crossings and the entry of materials as well as improving the living economic conditions of the Palestinians.
Ban arrived in Gaza through Beit hanon crossing earlier today. He visited UNRWA schools that were hit by the Israeli army forces. Some of the schools are housing thousands of displaced Palestinians.