#GazaUnderAttack | UNRWA Condemns Shelling of School, Rights Council Launches Probe

  Wednesday July 23, 2014 22:28 by Chris Carlson – 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

Nearly 700 killed so far

UNRWA has strongly condemned the recent Israeli shelling of one of its schools serving as a shelter for hundreds of displaced Palestinians, in central Gaza. The UN Human Rights Council has launched a probe into Israel’s actions in the region.

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“At approximately 16:55 hours Tuesday, UNRWA’s Maghazi Preparatory Girls School, in the Maghazi refugee camp where approximately 300 internally displaced people had sought refuge was struck by explosive ordnance believed to have been fired by Israeli forces. One person, a child, was injured in the shelling incident. We have raised this shelling incident with the Israeli authorities,” said UNRWA in a press release published by WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency.

“This morning, when UNRWA officials went back to investigate the incident, there was further shelling of the school, seriously endangering the lives of UN humanitarian workers and displaced civilians. This second incident took place at approximately 10:29 hours this morning and was 30 minutes inside the 09:00 to 11:00 hours window of time that had been coordinated with Israeli authorities and the UN to allow freedom of movement for the relevant UN personnel through the Maghzi Camp Area.”

Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, is reported to have said: “This is a serious violation of United Nations’ premises that could have had far-reaching human consequences. All UNRWA facilities are clearly marked with a UN flag. The location of the school and the fact that it was housing internally displaced persons had been formally communicated to Israel on three separate occasions. We have called on the Israeli authorities to carry out an immediate and comprehensive investigation.”

Furthermore, director of UNRWA Operations Robert Turner said: “Our teams are already working flat out to meet the huge demand created by this escalation in violence, and it is absolutely critical that all parties to the conflict respect the neutrality and inviolability of our premises. Operating in this challenging environment is difficult enough; we need to be assured that staff and beneficiaries can enjoy safety and security within our premises. Civilian lives must not be put at further risk.”

According to WAFA’s report, UNRWA schools are now essentially serving as IDP camps, addressing the needs of some 118,000 internally displaced people who have taken refuge in 77 of the Agency’s schools throughout the Gaza Strip.

This number has increased from 50,000 only two days ago, WAFA stated.

As of January 2014, there were approximately 5.4 million Palestinian people registered as refugees in various parts of the world, by UNRWA’s count. Palestinians now make up the largest refugee group in the entire world, and the numbers are increasing daily, in alarming increments.

The UN Human Rights Council has launched a probe into the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, supporting Palestinian efforts to hold Israel up to international scrutiny, according to Ma’an News Agency.

The council of 46 backed a Palestinian-drafted resolution by 29 votes. Arab and fellow Muslim countries, joined by Latin American and African nations, along with Russia and China which, incidentally, also has a large Muslim population, were among supporting nations.

The United States again played out its typical role of voting against UN resolutions which hold Israel accountable for it gross violations of international human rights and laws, while European countries abstained in the voting.

Turkish EU Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu recently denounced Western nations and those of the Muslim world for their silence over Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip which has, so far, claimed nearly 700 lives — mostly civilians — including entire families of men, women, infants, small children, elderly and disabled, as soldiers target homes, municipal facilites, hospitals, mosques …and, now, again, schools.

Thirty-one Israelis, all but two of them soldiers, have also died in the fighting, according to Ma’an, in addition to a foreign civilian worker who died Wednesday after being hit by mortar fire, while serving food to soldiers in southern Israel.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian supporters have gathered, in recent days, to take part in mass demonstrations, across the globe, against the Israeli military’s ongoing and merciless assault on the Gaza Strip.

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Martyred By Israeli Occupation Attacks

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar


* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

For an overview of All Israeli Massacres Palestinians go here

Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

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