GAZA CITY, Oct 14 : United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon made a brief visit on Tuesday to war-ravaged Gaza, two days after donor states pledged $5.4 billion in aid to rebuild it after a devastating Israeli offensive.
He was driven through the ruins of Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood and the nearby Jabaliya refugee camp, the scenes of some of the heaviest Israeli shelling in this summer's conflict.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians ere displaced by the destruction, and on Tuesday people camping outside their ravaged homes were seen waving at the convoy of white UN vehicles as it passed.
In Jabaliya, he visited a UN school where in July shells slammed into two classrooms, killing at least 14 people sheltering there.
Relatives of the dead held up posters showing their loved ones and disabled casualties waited to see Ban.
One classroom, now repaired, had the words "every human being has the right to life" written on its walls.
After meeting in Gaza City with members of the newly convened Palestinian consensus government, Ban told reporters that the devastation he had seen was far worse than that caused in the previous Israel-Gaza conflict of winter 2008-2009.
"The destruction which I have seen while coming to here is beyond description. This is a much more serious destruction than what I saw in 2009. ?AFP