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Verdict for Neil Harris Trial

A verdict for the Neil Harris murder trial was made today.Lisa Hepfner has the story

Annan appeals for urgent action to alleviate plight of civilians in Gaza

Concerned at the situation facing civilians in strife-torn Gaza, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today issued a strong appeal for urgent action to alleviate their plight, calling on Israel to lift restrictions hampering the work of UN agencies there.“As I have repeatedly stated, I am extremely concerned about the dangerous situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released in Berlin, Germany. “I am appealing for urgent action to alleviate the desperate humanitarian situation of the civilian population.”He called attention to factors contributing to the problems plaguing Gaza. “The Israeli air strikes on Gaza’s only power plant have had a far-reaching impact on Gaza’s hospitals, flour mills, water and sanitation systems,” he said. “The strict controls imposed during the past weeks on the passage of basic products into Gaza, including fuel, have aggravated the difficulties of the population.”To address shortages of basic foodstuffs, and to maintain essential health and sanitation services, Mr. Annan called on the Government of Israel to restore and maintain the continuous and uninterrupted supply of fuel to Gaza and to act expeditiously to replace the destroyed equipment at the Gaza power plant.“The passage of foodstuffs and other essential supplies through the Karni commercial crossing should be ensured and restrictions on movement and access for UN agencies should be lifted forthwith,” he stated. The Secretary-General also reiterated his longstanding appeal that all concerned “exercise maximum restraint and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.” read more