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MID: Israel shelled UN in response to fire from within: Olmert

16 Jan 2009 2:26 AM

JERUSALEM, Jan 15 AFP - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday that Israeli troops had shelled a UN compound in Gaza in response to fire coming from the building.

"The Israeli forces were attacked from there and their response was severe," Olmert's office quoted him as telling Ban.

"We do not want such incidents to take place and I am sorry for it but I don't know if you know, but Hamas fired from the UNRWA site.

"This is a sad incident and I apologise for it."