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Today: Jul 25, 2017

Protesters throw shoes at UN chief in Gaza

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Protesters threw shoes, sand and small stones at the convoy of UN chief Ban Ki-moon as he entered the Gaza Strip for a visit on Thursday.

An AFP correspondent on the Gaza side of the Erez crossing from Israel said a crowd of around 50 people, many of them relatives of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, threw objects at Ban's car as he drove past them.

Ban entered the Hamas-run strip, hours after a barrage of eight rockets was fired from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel.

The visit comes a day after the UN chief urged Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ease his country's restrictions on the coastal territory.

UN security decided to go ahead with the trip despite the rocket attacks, which often prompt Israel to respond to with air strikes on suspected militant strongholds in Gaza.

Ban's schedule is expected to include stops at a school and a Japanese-funded housing project, both in Khan Younis in the centre of the Gaza Strip.

He is not scheduled to meet with any member of the Hamas-run government.

Ban's visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories comes as he tries to kickstart preliminary talks sponsored by the peacemaking Quartet in a bid to get the parties back to direct negotiations.

But much of the international community has said the restrictions negatively affects Gaza's entire population, unfairly affecting civilians.

"Gaza remains a priority for me and the United Nations family," Ban said on Wednesday.

"I thus urged the prime minister to take further steps to facilitate the delivery of the United Nations' important humanitarian and development assistance in the service of the Gazan people."

Netanyahu did not directly mention Gaza at the press conference but stressed that Israelis must be protected from "terror".

Ban heads back to New York on Thursday night at the end of a three-day mission to prod Israelis and Palestinians back into direct negotiations on hold since September 2010.