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VIDEO: UN Spokesman Breaks Down Talking About Gaza Child Deaths

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Haunting video clip shows former BBC reporter reduced to sobs as he discusses latest deaths of Palestinian refugees in what was supposed to be a shelter.

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Evelyn B (62)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 12:43 am
UN spokesman breaks down talking about Gaza child deaths
Haunting video clip shows former BBC reporter reduced to sobs as he discusses latest deaths of Palestinian refugees in what was supposed to be a shelter

For a moment, he holds back the tears, coughing and blinking hard, trying to maintain his professional composure.

Then it is all to much for Chris Gunness, a United Nations spokesman, who broke down in a television interview with al-Jazeera as he described the devastating human impact of fighting in Gaza.

The clip offers a painful insight into the emotional toll among aid workers - and in particular that of a UN agency trying to protect Palestinians in schools, designated as shelters, which are still being hit by missiles.

Mr Gunness, a former BBC reporter now working for the UN's Relief and Works Agency, had spent the day examining evidence and describing yet another attack on one of its sites.

Israeli tank shells had slammed into a school sheltering some 3,300 homeless Gazans, killing 16 refugees and staff, provoking world wide horror.

Mr Gunness condemned the attack, ending: "The rights of Palestinians - even their children - are wholesale denied. And it's appalling."

For a moment, he keeps his cool. He blinks hard and looks relieved the interview has ended.

He squeezes out a brief thank you to his interviewer, saying "My pleasure" in a shaky voice.

Then it is all too much. He presses his hand to his eyes and breaks into sobs.

A colleague rushes to comfort him as the camera is pushed away, while the sound of wailing anguish grows.

Even for a veteran of Gaza's troubles it is all too much.

Video courtesy al-Jazeera

Alexandra G (250)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 2:09 am
heartbreaking :(:(

Sally S (95)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 2:42 am
So many deaths, so many tears. Why do we keep on doing this to each other?


Ondine J (134)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 3:30 am
Devastating, so very heartbreaking as Alexandra says.

Howard Crosse (21)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 4:13 am
I cannot even begin to imagine the fear that those living in this region must be experiencing, the ability, indeed willingness of our species to inflict pain and suffering on each other seems to know no bounds.

Carrie B (306)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 5:32 am
I think most of us would react with similar pain and grief over the tragic deaths of so many children. I can not imagine being witness to such a sight.

Evelyn B (62)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 7:04 am
Carrie - I think that's why it hits so hard, he expresses what most of us are feeling about the death and destruction, the worst part being for the children - and by extension their families. But how terrible to have it happening under one's eyes - and be powerless to do anything - worse, to know that one's role is to do something, but what one has done has - at "best" - failed, but possibly facilitated the killing (by giving the coordinates to IDF the intention of ensuring that they'd avoid the targets).

I do hope that the UN and the NGOs will be able to provide adequate support to their humanitarian aid workers, and that the necessary skills to support the survivors will be developed among the Gazans.

fly bird (26)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 9:16 am
Please sign.

Sandra Penna (135)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 2:47 pm
really devastating.

Sandra Penna (135)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 3:10 pm

S J (130)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 6:25 pm
This is not 'war', it's mass murder kids brutally--crime. shame on mankind!!! I hope it will be ended soon.
singed all petitions mention above.

Thank you Evelyn, Jess and Sandra

Shil O (0)
Friday August 1, 2014, 12:23 am
The BBC (burka broadcasting company) that bastion of decency and unbiased reportage -issue all reporters with phials of ammonia for just such occasions
poor old beeb downhill all the way since it accommodated mohammedans

when you start a war--don't complain if you end up getting trashed

Shil O (0)
Friday August 1, 2014, 12:24 am
once a beeb always a beeb

Evelyn B (62)
Friday August 1, 2014, 12:59 am
Shil O - it seems you don't even realise how far the BBC swings to support the State of Israel .. a widespread criticism of it, from many who would like less bias!

But I suppose you feel it's your duty to express heartless comments and Islamophobia wherever and whenever you can.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Wednesday August 6, 2014, 7:52 pm
Signed Sandra's petition, but I do not sign Avaaz petition supported by George Soros, Illuminati.
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