UN chief condemns attack on UN school in Gaza


Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 2:02 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N.'s secretary-general says today's attack on a U.N. school in Gaza, killing at least 17 people, was "outrageous" and "unjustifiable." And Ban Ki-moon is demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas.

Speaking today in Costa Rica, Ban said there's nothing more "shameful" than "attacking sleeping children." He says "all available evidence" indicates Israeli artillery was involved in the pre-dawn attack.

He noted that Israeli military authorities had received the coordinates of the school from the United Nations 17 times, including last night.

Israel says it fired back after soldiers were targeted by mortar rounds from the vicinity of the school.

The head of U.N. humanitarian operations says it was the fifth attack on a United Nations school sheltering civilians since fighting between Israel and Hamas began on July 8th.

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229-w-33-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with John Ging, operations director, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)--Israel's mortar attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that's been used as a shelter is drawing widespread condemnation. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (30 Jul 2014)

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214-a-17-(U.N. Undersecretary-General Jan Eliasson (yahn EE'-lee-ah-suhn), at news conference)-"than a hundred"-U.N. Undersecretary-General Jan Eliasson says the shelling of a school is an outrage. (30 Jul 2014)

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