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UN Chief: Israeli Attack on Gaza School 'Unjustifiable'

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Ban accused the Israeli military of ignoring repeated communications on the location of the school.


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fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 10:00 pm
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned an Israeli strike on a Gaza school that killed 16 people as "unjustifiable" Wednesday, calling for those responsible to be held to account.

"This morning a UN school sheltering thousands of Palestinian families suffered a reprehensible attack," Ban said during a visit to Costa Rica.

"It is unjustifiable, and demands accountability and justice."

The school in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza, which was sheltering more than 3,000 homeless people, came under attack from Israeli tank shells at dawn Wednesday.

It is the second time in a week that a UN school housing refugees has been hit, and the sixth in two weeks.

Ban accused the Israeli military of ignoring repeated communications on the location of the school.

"I want to make it clear that the exact location of this elementary school has been communicated to the Israeli military authorities 17 times, as recently as last night, just a few hours before this attack," he said.

"They are aware of the coordinates and exact location of where these people are."

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis meanwhile joined international calls for an end to the bloodshed.

"We want the immediate establishment of a UN-monitored ceasefire to enable an escape from this bloody vortex, which is an offense to humanity," he said.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 10:43 pm
UNRWA Strongly Condemns Israeli Shelling of Its School in Gaza as a Serious Violation of International Law

Statement by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl


Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.

We have visited the site and gathered evidence. We have analysed fragments, examined craters and other damage. Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school, in which 3,300 people had sought refuge. We believe there were at least three impacts. It is too early to give a confirmed official death toll. But we know that there were multiple civilian deaths and injuries including of women and children and the UNRWA guard who was trying to protect the site. These are people who were instructed to leave their homes by the Israeli army.

The precise location of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School and the fact that it was housing thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israeli army seventeen times, to ensure its protection; the last being at ten to nine last night, just hours before the fatal shelling.

I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.

This is the sixth time that one of our schools has been struck. Our staff, the very people leading the humanitarian response are being killed. Our shelters are overflowing. Tens of thousands may soon be stranded in the streets of Gaza, without food, water and shelter if attacks on these areas continue.

We have moved beyond the realm of humanitarian action alone. We are in the realm of accountability. I call on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.


fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 10:44 pm

Rose B (141)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 12:07 am
Leave children alone

Sandra Penna (135)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 6:54 am

Parsifal S (96)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 9:30 am
the Zionazi would blame it on Hamas

Parsifal S (96)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 9:30 am

Gaza Downscaled

fly bird (26)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 9:36 am
Please sign.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 11:20 pm
The official spokespersons try to put the spin that "we don't know, you can't know, if the shells weren't Hamas'" - or "if Hamas had militants/ arms in the school" ...

But UN staff and journalists saw the remains of the shells - and they say "IDF".

Which means that the humanitarian action of warning Israel that >3,000 displaced people - displaced on IDF orders - were in the shelter, giving precise coordinates, was ABused in targetting. And with Israel's (justified) pride in precision bombing, this was no accidental error.

Justin Vale (13)
Friday August 1, 2014, 4:31 pm
if you received a phone call telling you your neighborhood is going to be bombed and to get out what would you do? and as you put down the phone and walk outside paper rains down on you from above, for days, telling you your neighborhood is about to get bombed and to get out. what would you do?
what the hell are those people doing. is hamas forcing them to stay? of course they are.
we have a danse macbre here.

Parsifal S (96)
Friday August 1, 2014, 10:26 pm
Israel Manipulated Coverage of the Death of the 3 Settlers

Parsifal S (96)
Friday August 1, 2014, 10:29 pm
there were and ARE NO phone calls, messages or SMS Justin Vale, these were messages bonded on shells bombs and grenades by dancing and celebrating Ziosphere ultra nationalists and launched to Gaza

fly bird (26)
Friday August 1, 2014, 11:01 pm

fly bird (26)
Saturday August 2, 2014, 10:24 am
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