Murdering refugees in safe havens an Israeli forte, says MOH
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 30, 2014
Murdering refugees in safe havens an Israeli forte
Murdering desperate families in safe havens is fast becoming Israel’s forte. UNRWA’s Abu Hussein Elementary Girls School in Jabalia, housing 3,300 displaced people, was struck last night killing 15 and injuring 90, bringing the number of UNRWA schools attacked by the Israeli military to six.
“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,” UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said in a press statement today.
The dead and injured were protected persons – civilians asleep in a school, after being ordered to leave their homes by the Israeli army.
The dead and injured were in a protected place – a UN-designated shelter for displaced persons.
The dead and injured were struck by at least three impacts – this was no ‘mistake’ but a deliberate series of attacks on a known civilian site.
UNRWA has investigated the strikes, and identified the fragments: “Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school.”
As Gaza’s hospitals struggle to cope with the dead and injured, Palestinians are struggling to understand how the international community, especially the United Nations, can stand by as civilian massacre after civilian massacre is committed, even in UN premises, even in designated refugee shelters.
Palestinians, and people all around the world, are struggling to understand why the international community, especially the UN, has not taken any real action to curb the Israeli carnage.
The Ministry of Health Gaza expresses is total abhorrence of this latest Israeli attack, and the lack of meaningful action by the international community. We demand immediate international political and humanitarian action to end the rabid rampage by Israeli military forces throughout Gaza, to stem the tide of blood flowing in our homes, schools, hospitals and streets. Enough!