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Israeli, Hamas rockets hit schools

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 02:11

An Israeli strike on a U.N. school in Gaza that injured 30 people, most of them children, garnered criticism from the United Nations and even close ally, the U.S. Deborah Gembara reports.

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The scene in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat -- after a rocket attack that injured one person. Air raid sirens in Tel Aviv, a drill familiar to many Israelis -- looking for cover. Israel's military says that in their most recent attacks, Gaza based militants fired more than 60 rockets into Israel. At least four hit the town of Sderot, one just outside a school, although no students or staff were injured. Across the border in Gaza, an Israeli strike on a school yielded far more serious consequences. Many of the injured, along with their parents had sought shelter at the UN school. The air strike marked the sixth time Israel has targeted a U.N. facility. Jerusalem maintains that Hamas militants are using these so called "safe zones," as bases from which to launch missiles... although locals here say Israel's attack was unwarranted. It was a sentiment echoed in Washington by Israel's closest ally. White House spokesman Josh Earnest. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN JOSH EARNEST SAYING: "The shelling of a U.N. facility that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible." The United Nations went a step further, accusing Israel of possible war crimes. Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS HIGH COMMISSIONER NAVI PILLAY SAYING: "...Same kind of attacks are occurring now on homes, schools, hospitals, U.N. premises, none of this appears to me to be accidental." While many allies have urged a ceasefire, the likelihood in the near future appears remote.

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Israeli, Hamas rockets hit schools

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 02:11