According to a BBC report, Israel will pay $10 million in compensatory payment for damage caused to United Nations institutions in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. The compensatory payment is for damages to UN schools, storage facilities and other institutions in Gaza. According to the report, Defense Minister Ehud Barak updated UN Secretary-General Bank ki-Moon on the matter during their recent meeting.
The report states that Israel explained it did not seek to damage any UN facility, blaming Hamas for abusing the presence of UN facilities in Gaza, and the sum being paid was decided upon and agreed to by Israel. The UN was demanding over $11 million.
Israel has agreed to pay with the stipulation that the money is a good-will act towards the international body as Israel maintains good relations with the world organization, not calling it compensation, but paying nonetheless.
According to UN officials, Operation Cast Lead damaged 50,000 homes, 800 commercial buildings, 200 schools, 39 mosques and 2 churches.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)