Palestinians hurl slippers at visiting UN chief



EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip (AP) — Relatives of Palestinians held in Israeli jails have hurled slippers at an armored vehicle carrying visiting U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon into the Gaza Strip.

About 40 relatives of Palestinian prisoners gathered at the Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel, hoisting posters with pictures of their loved ones and signs in English and Arabic reading, “Ban Ki-moon, enough bias to Israel.”

Two of them threw slippers at his car.

The relatives formed a human chain at the crossing in an effort to block Ban’s vehicle, but Hamas security forces moved them away so he could enter Gaza.

Israel holds about 7,000 Palestinian prisoners. Relatives of prisoners from Gaza haven’t been able to visit them in jail since 2006.