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Israeli offensive in Gaza boosted extremists

Israel's invasion of Gaza has strengthened the hand of extremists and only a credible independent investigation into alleged wrongdoing can quiet growing Palestinian anger, a United Nations aid official said on Friday.

John Ging, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, called for new U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell to talk to ordinary people in Gaza as part of a "new track" in diplomacy.

U.S. President Barack Obama named Mitchell, a former U.S. Senator who helped settle the conflict in Northern Ireland, on Thursday to try to jump-start Arab-Israeli peace talks."My first request to the U.S. administration is talk to the ordinary people in Gaza. Come to Gaza and talk to the ordinary people - the mothers, fathers, leaders of civil society, the people who are not involved in politics," Ging, speaking from Gaza, told reporters in Geneva.

"They are still quit


Added: Jan-24-2009 Occurred On: Jan-23-2009
By: loweyes
Middle East
Tags: israel, palestine, gaza, west, bank, john, ging
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