UN Fact-finding committee arrives in Gaza

by Saed Bannoura, IMEMC & Agencies, June 27, 2009

The United Nations Fact-finding Committee arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday evening through the Rafah border terminal, and would be holding hearing sessions with the residents and the victims of Israel’s war on Gaza.

Public hearing sessions would be held on Sunday and Monday in Gaza city, and on Tuesday in Geneva.

The sessions are meant to collect testimonies and information and would give the victims and international experts the chance to present their testimonies to the international community.

Media outlets would be stationed in a hall separated from the place where the hearing session would be held. Reporters would be connected via satellite.

Members of the committee would interview at the UNRWA headquarters victims, eyewitnesses, and experts.

Two TV stations, who signed contracts with the UN, would be broadcasting the sessions from the headquarters of the Red Crescent Society in Tal Al Hawa neighborhood, in Gaza City. All TV stations can catch the broadcast from the above mentioned location.

The hearing sessions would be conducted during the following times and dates;

Sunday, June 28, from 8:30 – 13:00, and from 14:30 – 16:30 local Palestinian time.

Monday., June 29, 8:30 – 13:00, and from 14:30 – 17:00.

Audio production would be available in English and Arabic. Middle-Eastern and European stations can catch the broadcast at W2A in both English and Arabic.

Photos can only be taken by photo-journalists contracting with the UN, and would be published using FTP protocol during lunch break and after the sessions are concluded.

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