Israel: Shelling of U.N. complex 'a grave mistake'

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    * NEW: U.N. chief expresses "protest and outrage" to Israeli ministers
    * NEW: Defense minister takes attack "very seriously," Ban Ki-Moon says
    * U.N. relief agency's Gaza City headquarters, warehouse ablaze after attack
    * More than 1,000 Palestinians and 13 Israelis killed in 20 days of conflict

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told U.N. 
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday that the shelling of a U.N. relief 
agency's compound in Gaza City was "a grave mistake," the U.N. chief said.

"I conveyed my strong protest and outrage to the defense minister and the 
foreign minister and demanded a full explanation," Ban said at a news 
conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.

He added that Barak took the matter "very seriously."

Ban said he called Barak, before meeting with him later in the day, to ask him 
to explain the shelling of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency compound.

The UNRWA headquarters was hit repeatedly by shrapnel and artillery during 
clashes Thursday morning, UNRWA Director John Ging said. Three workers were 
hurt, and the compound's warehouse and workshop were burning out of control 
within an hour and a half, he said. VideoWatch as fire blazes at U.N. compound »

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said it was "not clear whose shells, 
whose fire hit the U.N. facility."

"It could have been ours , it could have been Hamas'," Regev said. "This is 
being investigated."

The fire left black smoke hanging over Gaza City.

"It's a very big fire, and we're not able to get it under control at the 
moment," Ging said. With gunbattles going on around the facility, "the 
emergency services are not able to get to us."

He said staffers identified the source of the fires as white phosphorous 
shells, whose use is restricted under international law.

The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of using white 
phosphorous shells in Gaza during its campaign against Hamas, the Palestinian 
militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007.

The Israel Defense Forces initially denied using the ordnance. But by Monday, 
Israeli officials said only that any shells fired in Gaza "are in accordance 
with international law."

The private relief agency CARE announced Thursday it was canceling its 
distribution of food and medical aid to the territory while the fighting 
continues. Read an aid worker's diary

The Foreign Press Association said international news agency offices in Gaza 
City were hit by Israeli fire Thursday and demanded Israel stop shooting at the 
building that houses them.

UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness urged both Israel and Hamas, which has been 
firing rockets into southern Israel, to heed the "conscience of the world" and 
comply with a U.N. resolution calling for a cease-fire.

But he added: "I'm standing looking over the town of Beit Hanoun, and with 
every dull thud and every plume of smoke that comes out of there, it's sad to 
say that the parties on the ground are not listening."

Ban's presence appeared to do little to advance diplomatic efforts to end the 
conflict, and Arab nations remain divided on their stances toward Hamas.

Israeli aircraft struck 70 targets in Gaza overnight, the Israel Defense Forces 
reported Thursday, while fighting on the ground left 11 Israeli troops wounded. 
The military said about 35 armed Palestinian fighters were wounded or killed in 
those clashes, mostly by airstrikes. VideoWatch as civilians suffer most »

At least 10 rockets or mortar shells struck Israeli territory Thursday, the IDF 

More than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 5,000 wounded since 
the conflict began, Palestinian officials said Wednesday. Israel said 10 of its 
soldiers and three civilians have been killed and more than 100 soldiers have 
been wounded.

The Israeli military said it planned to let 170 trucks through the border 
Thursday to deliver food and medical supplies, and announced the appointment of 
an army officer, Brig. Gen. Shimi Daniel, to coordinate humanitarian efforts.

CNN's Michal Zippori and Talal Abu Rahmi contributed to this report.

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