UN condemns Israel attack on school in Gaza that killed 16 civilians

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 8:30:19 by
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon

The UN on Wednesday accused Israel of having committed a deadly new attack on one of their shelters for displaced people in Gaza. The bombing killed at least 16 people, including six children and two employees of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees , UNRWA. The center hosted over 3,200 Palestinians in a school that maintains UN refugee camp of Jabalia, north of Gaza. The spokesman for the Israeli military, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner has reported that they are ” investigating” the massacre at the school in Jabalia. Hours after the massacre, Israel announced a ” humanitarian ” cease fire four hours from three pm. This cessation of hostilities does not apply in areas where Israeli soldiers are ” operating”.

Over 500 families believed that the flag of the UN would protect them from the guns and the Israeli aviation. Before dawn Wednesday, at least three missiles hit the area. Destroyed a crowded classroom, services and a small adjacent park where Palestinians displaced left more than a dozen mules and donkeys. The disemboweled corpses marked the entrance to the enclosure, clearly marked with UN colors. Other spokesmen admit that Israeli forces fired in the area, “in response” to alleged attacks from the ” vicinity ” of the school. They have already killed 1,240 Palestinians in more than three weeks of war.

The UN agency has condemned the bombing: “Last night some children died while sleeping with their parents on the floor of classrooms declared UN shelters in Gaza. Killing children lie sleeping is an affront to all of us and a source of universal shame. ” The text denounces ” in the most strongest terms this serious violation of international law by the Israeli forces.”

The Commissioner General of UNRWA in Jerusalem, Pierre Krähenbühl expressed ” strong condemnation of the Israeli bombing shelter ” Jabalia. In a message posted on Twitter, Krähenbühl said he ” Words fail to express” the ” anger and outrage ” after this new attack. It is the second UN school in Israel causes a killing from the start of the offensive on Gaza, on July 8. Israel admitted shelling of Beit Hanoun school last Thursday. Against all evidence, the military says that ” it was empty “.

The courtyard and corridors blood blisters Jabalia School as well as various survivors, told another story: the UN was preparing the school evacuation when Israel bombarded with several mortar shells. 16 people died, including a baby and several children.

Abdalal Raad, 19, was sleeping in the courtyard space to shelter Jabalia when Israel began bombing in the area during the morning. Account the whole area began to glow with fire aviation and tanks. No other place to go, displaced tried to get into the classroom. Next to one of them, to the left of the entrance to the enclosure, dropped a missile that sank a wall and killed a group of people trying to rest on their mats. Adalal Account Yalala Abu Said there was guarded.

He escaped the devastation of the northern town of Beit Hanun, invaded by Israel last week. He died in the bombing when he slept ” with a group of children.” In the morning there were large pieces of foam soaked with blood.

Ahmed Mosa, 50, collaborated with Abdalal in the rescue of a man the pumps Wednesday ” ripped both arms.”

I got some help and tried to stop the bleeding until the ambulance arrived. ” It took over an hour,” he recalls. The relentless bombing in the area prevented the immediate arrival of the emergency services.

More than 215,000 of the estimated 1.8 million Gazans have sought refuge in UN schools. With a massive new wave of threats by telephone and through the distribution of leaflets, the Israeli military on Tuesday ordered the ” evacuation” of different neighborhoods and towns east and north of the Palestinian enclave. The order affects more than 400,000 Gazans, who are seeing bombs also kill Israel in UN shelters, the only places they thought safe.

This is the second attack on an UNRWA school, but Israel bombs have hit dozens of UN facilities in the 23-day Israeli offensive.

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