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White House: Little doubt Israeli fire in Gaza school strike
Published Thursday 31/07/2014 (updated) 02/08/2014 11:14
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Palestinian women mourn outside the morgue of al-Shifa hospital in
Gaza City on July 31, 2014 (AFP Mahmud Hams)
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The United States said Thursday there was little doubt Israeli artillery was the source of a "totally indefensible" strike that killed 16 people at a UN school in Gaza.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said all available evidence pointed to Israeli artillery and that the Israeli government had acknowledged its forces were firing in the area in response to Hamas fire near the school.

"So while we underscore the importance of a full and prompt investigation of this tragic incident, as well as a shelling of other UN facilities and schools that have been hit, it does not appear there's a lot of doubt about whose artillery was involved in this incident," he said.

"That is why we have continued to urge Israeli military officials to live up to their high standards that they have set for the protection of innocent civilians. There is clearly more that can and should be done to ensure the safety of innocent civilians."

An estimated 3,300 civilians had taken shelter in the UN school in northern Gaza when it was hit Wednesday.

"The shelling of a UN facility that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible," Earnest said.

The attack had previously drawn a sharp condemnation by Ban who called it "reprehensible."

Despite the mounting concern over the high civilian casualties, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with an offensive to destroy a network of tunnels that Hamas militants use to attack Israel.

Civilians have accounted for 80 percent of the over 1,400 people killed in 24 days of fighting, according rights groups.
1 ) Citizen / Earth
01/08/2014 00:07
In the beginning IDF was able to send a smaller explosive device as a warning one minute before actually bombing the exact same place. And now they are telling us they are bombing schools because there were Hamas fighters in the area?! This does not compute. This is done intentionally, there is no doubt about it. These acts easily fall under the definition of "terrorism" as we use it in the West. And worse of all, the Western civilization supports these acts of terrorism.

2 ) John / US
01/08/2014 00:13
This is obviously collective punishment for resisting. IDF has proven to be less than effective in fighting the resistance, and it hurts their pride. As a result, they vent by killing innocent children. It's absolutely disgusting. And it's a national policy for Israel. And the hypocrisy of the Western world is incredible. All that leaders are able to say is "Israel has the right to self-defense". What about the Palestinians' right to self defense and self determination?!

3 ) Maureen / Australia
01/08/2014 01:40
Israel gave warning to Palestinian people to leave their homes and go to a safe place. Israel was well aware of who and how many Palestinian people were sheltering in UN facilities. UN gave numerous data of the whereabouts of its facilities, packed with women, children and elderly. What was/is the Israeli military junta's intention - round up as many Palestinian people as possible to ensure a greater kill count? A despicable legacy Israel has left itself for its history. Genocide!

4 ) Pal / Us
01/08/2014 03:29
And th US supplies them with more weapons. Classic hypocracy

5 ) Robert / US
01/08/2014 04:07
#2 John , im totally with you brother, we as Americans have to do something about this ,ALL OF US !! We need to kick out Aipac !!! Adl(Jdl) known Terrorist groups and vote all incumbents out !!! jail them , exucute some for treason. Im not kidding around, this is serious stuff ..millons and millons of lifes have been affected by these filthy scumbag cheaters..take away banks that we bailout, rebuild wall st so it favors American interest and rebuild this Country !!.

6 ) Vitaly / Moldova
01/08/2014 09:14
Don't be easy target for Hamas propaganda machine,what they are show to the world is only children and women casualties ,time and time again.About 99% of all pictures is women and kids but what about men? There are no dead young men at all? not even a little? They showing you very biased one-sided picture in order to win your sympathy.They are cruel,narrow minded tyrannical regime who shooting their own people only for complaining on situation in Gaza they brought it into.

7 ) Rondo / US
01/08/2014 11:21
Yes! And there is little doubt the White House is sending the bombs and weapons to carry out this holocaust. You evil sick barbaric people!

8 ) Heather Glenn / Scotland
01/08/2014 15:08
Not wishing to be rude, it is unclear what kind of media you get in Moldova Vitaly, I know its a small country on the edge of the EU. Here in the UK our internet is unrestricted & our media quite free, so I've seen lots of pictures of dead & injured men, women, children, babies, and even animals. Many of the pictures were so graphic and heart breaking, that I now try to avert my eyes when I read the accompanying articles. My only question is, how can governments justify the slaughter as defense?

9 ) Mel / USA
01/08/2014 17:01
Imagine:I hear Mr POTUS & all US Congress donated their 6wk summer-recess to GO TO GAZA for"community service"in the hospitals,tents,schools,churches&graveyards to TEND WOUNDS of Gazan babies,children,elderly,sick,rebuild their'Homes for Humanity'&help REBURY the dead missiled by Israel,in the cemetaries?Obama's taking his family to Gaza on emergency CONVOY of COMPASSION,with medicines,ambulances,FOOD,WATER & Israel's FMF to donate to OCCUPIED Gaza/PALESTINE.But Israel/El Sisi won't let USG in?

10 ) outlier / USA
01/08/2014 17:53
then why the hypocracy? congress just authorised more american weapons that americans are paying for out of their taxes. arming israel with a billion dollars of weaponry to kill arab muslims?

11 ) Maureen / Australia
01/08/2014 17:54
kill all arabs and muslims period

12 ) Maureen / Australia
02/08/2014 05:54
#5 Robert More killing is not an answer, but your sentiments are understood... the assassination of JFK and the bombing of USS Liberty 1967 should have been a wake up call for all US citizens as to who was invading the US.

13 ) MH / USA
02/08/2014 06:14
Write to the president and your representatives in congress every day!

14 ) ms / usa
02/08/2014 16:14
Nothing will be done for the war crimes as the US commits them all the time. One day it will all come back to them, when the rest of the world will not have to abide by international law because of the blatant crimes being committed. Evil is all I can think about this.
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