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Bloodshed at U.N. school in Gaza

Sunday, August 03, 2014 - 01:57

U.N. condemns attack on its school in Gaza, where 10 civilians died and 30 were wounded, while the Israeli army says it was not deliberately targeting U.N. schools. Gavino Garay reports.

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A second UN school is hit by Israel in less than a week. The attack killed at least 10 civilians and wounded 30 others. The United Nations says it "vigorously" condemns the attack by Israeli forces on the school in Gaza. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN OF UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY, CHRIS GUNNESS, SAYING: "There is no evidence whatsoever that there were militants inside the school, there's no evidence that there were militants firing rockets from inside the school. In international law, you have to distinguish between combatants and non-combatants. You have to consider the proportionality. Is the risk of civilians being killed worth it?" In Jerusalem, Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Peter Learner says Israel is determined to figure out what happened. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN OF ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL PETER LERNER, SAYING: "Indeed in the early hours of this morning, the IDF targeted a group of terrorists on a motorcycle - at least two people, that were adjacent to the school, at high speed. We struck them, and we are currrently looking into the consequences of this strike. I can confirm that our target was taken out...Indeed, we are investigating the situation. We will get to the bottom of this. Once we do, we will make our conclusions public." (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESMAN OF ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL PETER LERNER, SAYING: "Indeed, we are investigating the situation. We will get to the bottom of this. Once we do, we will make our conclusions public." Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS SPOKESMAN SAMI ABU ZUHRI SAYING: "Ban Ki-moon made it legitimate for the killer and the criminal by mourning the death of the (Israeli) soldier, the killer, and he ignored the blood of the innocent civilian people under occupation who have been killed in every minute, even while taking shelter in the schools. Ban Ki-moon is responsible." Washington condemns the most recent shelling at the UN school, calling the attack "disgraceful." Sunday's attacks has increased the Gaza death toll given by Palestinian officials to more than 1,700, most of them civilians. Israel says 64 soldiers have died in combat, and rockets fired into Israel have killed three civilians.

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Bloodshed at U.N. school in Gaza

Sunday, August 03, 2014 - 01:57