Group of UN Ambassadors Visit Rocket-Battered Southern Israeli City of Ashkelon
A group of UN ambassadors toured Ashkelon on Tuesday, shortly after the southern Israeli city was a target of a two-day rocket assault by Gaza Strip-based terrorist groups.
The delegation — led by Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon – visited the home of Moshe Agadi, who was killed by a rocket on Saturday, and a damaged school.
“We arrived in Ashkelon to offer strength to the residents of the south and to show the world what Hamas aggression looks like,” Danon said. “The time has come for the Security Council to designate Hamas as a terrorist organization, one that commits double war crimes and exploits the people of Gaza as human shields. This will be the next measure we bring to the UN.”
Latvia’s ambassador to the UN, Andrejs Pildegovics, noted, “We are here to learn more about the damage and the humanitarian situation on the ground. We are all very concerned and hope for de-escalation. We also express our hope for political dialogue that will bring about peace.”
Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam said, “The city has suffered a severe blow from this latest escalation. This is a reality that is unacceptable and unlivable.”