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UN's Ban Names Ian Martin on Gaza Bombings, Munoz on Bhutto Killing

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, February 9 -- The UN's inquiry into the bombing of its Gaza premises will be headed by Ian Martin, until recently the Organization's envoy to Nepal, UK Ambassador John Sawers told the Press on Monday afternoon. The announcement was made a closed-door briefing of the Security Council by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Ban also confirmed that Heraldo Munoz of Chile will head up the UN's three-person Bhutto assassination investigatory panel, according to Sawers.

  From Gaza, John Ging of the UN Relief and Works Agency on Monday told the Press that now Hamas understands that it must respect UNRWA's integrity, and has returned all pilfered blankets and flour. Some wondered how food already distributed and eaten could be returned.

UN's Ban at UNRWA in Gaza, independent investigation not shown

  Ging was asked if his recent criticism of Hamas might not be an attempt to stave off criticism of having been too anti-Israel at points, at least in allowing the bombing of the street outside UNRWA's school in Jabaliya to be widely described as a bombing of the school itself.  Ging said this was ridiculous. Video here.

  Inner City Press asked Ging about a quote by Hamas' spokesman Fawzi Barhoum that "some individuals that work in the UNRWA in Gaza are dealing with the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah on the formation of district committees. They are working to provide assistance to a certain group of Palestinians without the other." Ging said that was incorrect, and a thing of the past. We'll see.

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