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UN Chief: Israeli attack on Gaza school 'unjustifiable'
Published Wednesday 30/07/2014 (updated) 31/07/2014 21:31
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A Palestinian man inspects the damage at a UN school at the Jabaliya
refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after the area was hit by Israeli
shelling on July 30, 2014 (AFP Mahmud Hams)
SAN JOSE (AFP) -- 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.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) Bemused / New Zealand
30/07/2014 20:44
And who created it? The UN, with its partition plan that breached its own Charter....

2 ) Maisie / UK
30/07/2014 21:19
At about the same time the UN Secretary General was issuing this unequivocal condemnation of Israel's shelling of the school after 17 communications of the exact location of the school had been sent to the IOF, Marie Harf, Deputy Martinet for the US State Department was admonishing the press corp not to "...jump to conclusions" and "...to await the full investigation." How can these horrible people sleep at night???

3 ) Mel / USA
30/07/2014 21:41
Ban Ki Moon? Please don't tell us what WAR CRIMES Zionist Israel has committed again,and again on Palestine/Gaza(just because they are not Jews),tell us WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?????
End the Israeli OCCUPATION & collective punishment of Gaza &Palestine(all war crimes)immediately! Before Zionist Israel SELF-DECLARES itself a NAZI STATE OFFICIALLY AFTER 67YRS of following that exact POLICY!

4 ) carol flores / usa
30/07/2014 23:05
How sad. These poor people are told to evacuate, and the safe place they go to , continue to be targeted and bombed . what is wrong with the S.S. troops? Are they incompetent, need glasses, or just plain sick!!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart breaks for the Palestinian people. The world condemned Assad for the same things as netyanyaboho is doing , why isn't he a war criminal?

5 ) fpm / USA
30/07/2014 23:44
The Zionist hate the UN and will always bomb their locations and always has. There is no place for the Palestinians to go. They are locked in a cage and they are easy prey and sitting ducks for the Zionist Army, Navy and Air Force. How convenient a kill. Won't be long before Ban Ki-Moon will be in Israel, shaking Netanyahu's hand and grinning like a hyena, just like he did in the last massacre of Palestinians.

6 ) Goldie / US
31/07/2014 00:31
WTF the entire Israeli attack on Gaza is inhumane and barbaric. Shame on the world and UN'

7 ) carine / UK
31/07/2014 01:45
Sick sick sick!! Israel moves them out of one area so they can obliterate their homes, then deliberately targets them and blows them to smithereens - we send other war criminals to the Hague, why not this Nutter Yahoo? Tonight I signed a petition with Amnesty International demanding US stops supplying Israel with weapons. Please, people of concience, do the same.

8 ) 1 / 2
31/07/2014 07:36
Maisie: the us gov has been bought and paid for by the IL lobby AIPAC. Every politician running for office speaks to them and makes their pilgrimage to IL for blessing and support. The us gov hasn't represented the interests of its own ppl Ina very long time.

9 ) 1 / 2
31/07/2014 07:42
Carol - bibi isn't considered a war criminal because everyone's afraid to stop IL for fear of being anti- Semitic. No matter what IL always has the green light. The question is now for how long as their trump card Seems to be wearing out. Or maybe not. Time will tell

10 ) Anybody / Anywhere
31/07/2014 08:28
If you fire rockets from a specific spot, you can expect to be targeted.

11 ) Melaikah / Palestine/US
31/07/2014 17:17
@9 ...bibi isn't considered a war criminal because everyone's afraid to stop IL for fear of being anti- Semitic... - The irony of it all is that whilst the overwhelming majority of Israeli's aren't Semites, the Palestinians are. So in fact the 'anti Semitism' feared by those who support Israel, is actually being directed at the Palestinians!!!

12 ) Nobody / Everywhere
31/07/2014 18:12
Doesnt believe what israel says, they are protected by unethical and immoral wealthy thugs, that should be hunted and destroyed, hey that would be an excellent movie , huh hollywood , you racist maggots...

13 ) Levi / USA
31/07/2014 19:23
The Un Chief has been a major disappointment in most world affairs. I haven't heard him say anything yet today about the Libya situation where Manila evacuates 13,000 amid violent clashes, ISIL murders thousands in Iraq, and Syria has starved to death some 1,400 Palestinians...

14 ) Ibrahim / Gaza
01/08/2014 00:50
Hamas is to blame for the deaths. They keep stockpiles of rockets in UN schools and they deliberately shoot at Zionist troops from the vicinity of schools to attract backfire

15 ) hjannita / Brazil
01/08/2014 21:58
Ibrahim , if what you said is troth, show how many died for this purpose? you don't have a numbers to show this none sense toughs of yours.
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