Protesters in Gaza have given a hostile welcome to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, battering his convoy as it crossed into the Strip. Some threw shoes.
Among the crowd were family members of Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons. They accuse Ban of refusing to meet them to discuss their jailed relatives and of pro-Israel bias.
Ban is in the Middle East to try to restart peace talks.
“There are still some concerns for lack of future trust but I am hopeful that this dialogue will continue in a sustainable way,” he said, visiting a UN-sponsored housing project in Khan Younis.
Ban added that the Israeli government must create favourable conditions for peace talks to move ahead.
“I emphasise the importance for the Israeli government to create a politically conducive atmosphere,” he said.
On Wednesday, Ban urged Benjamin Netanyahu to offer goodwill gestures to the Palestinians including calling a halt to settlement building. The Israeli prime minister has given no sign that he will heed that appeal.
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