UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon visited the Gaza Strip and Israeli border communities on Tuesday. While on the Israeli side, he stopped by Kibbutzim and toured an attack tunnel dug by Palestinian militants into Israeli territory, of the kind put to use during the recent 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.
He also met with the parents of Daniel Tragerman, a 4-year-old boy who was killed by a mortar shell fired from Gaza on August 23. The UN chief reiterated his condemnation of rocket fire toward civilian areas and terror attacks carried out via tunnels.
During his visit to Gaza, Ban lamented the vast destruction, calling the situation "beyond description" and urging a speedy reconstruction effort. He also announced that Israel was permitting a first truckload of construction materials to enter the enclave, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since before the conflict.
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