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An article posted today on the “UN News Centre” website titled “Gaza: Ban condemns latest deadly attack near UN school as ‘moral outrage and criminal act’ ” (https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48396&Cr=Palestin&Cr1=#.U98ITpUg_IU; obtained on August 3, 2014) began the following way:

“3 August 2014 – Amidst an ‘appalling’ escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip since the collapse of a brief 1 August ceasefire, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the killing today of at least 10 Palestinian civilians in shelling outside of a United Nations school in Rafah which had been sheltering thousands of civilians.

‘The attack is yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law, which clearly requires protection by both parties of Palestinian civilians, UN staff and UN premises, among other civilian facilities,’ declared Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

‘United Nations shelters must be safe zones not combat zones,’ the Secretary-General’s statement continued, adding that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites. ‘This attack, along with other breaches of international law, must be swiftly investigated and those responsible held accountable. It is a moral outrage and a criminal act.’

The UN chief’s strongly worded statement comes after the collapse two days ago of a humanitarian ceasefire brokered by the United Nations and the Unites States, and in the wake of two earlier reported attacks near schools managed by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).”

 

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