UNRWA Strongly Condemns Israeli Shelling of Its School in Gaza as a Serious Violation of International Law

Posted: July 31, 2014 in Israel, Palestine
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30 July 2014

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.


  1. I get why Israel gets condemned for bombing the school but what about Hamas bombing a market yesterday or storing rockets in three different UNRWA facilities?

  2. essaidi says:

    Israel lies don’t work anymore. The world now know everything thanks to Internet and free press.

    It seems like killing civilians is part of Israel’s plan and especially children. Just lastly, an Israeli sniper twit this “I killed 13 childrens today and ur next”.

    Numbers don’t lie :

    1,350 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched its assault on the territory 25 days ago.
    815 civilians, and 232 of those children.

    On the Israeli side, 59 people, including only two civilians.

    More, Israel did kill a Journalist lastly by targeting two ambulance and they can’t lie about this because there’s a video that I will post it soon.

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