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Report: Israel to pay $10 million in compensation to UN

Jan. 7, 2010 10:30 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 8, 2010 9:41 A.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israel will pay 10 million US dollars in compensation to the United Nations for bombing its facilities during the offensive on Gaza one year ago, an Israeli newspaper reported on Thursday.

The Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israel decided to make the payment to the UN “although it did not deliberately target its facilities.”

According to eyewitnesses, human rights groups, and two UN investigations into the matter, numerous UN installations were bombed during the war, including schools.

The central warehouse of the UN relief agency UNRWA was gutted in a fire that witnesses said was sparked by the incendiary white phosphorus shells fired by Israeli warplanes.

A UN investigation into the attacks on its facilities found Israel liable for the damage and asked that it pay 11.4 million US dollars.

More than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died in the three-week offensive.
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