Findings of IDF Inquiry of the UNRWA School Incident in Beit Hanoun
The IDF held a press conference today regarding last week's incident
involving a UNRWA school on the Beit Hanoun launch pad. The text is from the press conference and not from the link.
Since Thursday, July 24, 2014, the IDF has
conducted a comprehensive inquiry regarding the incident in which the
UNRWA school was fired upon. The inquiry concluded that during the
intense fighting between IDF forces and Hamas militants, the militants operated adjacent to the UNRWA school. The militants fired anti-tank missiles at IDF soldiers, who then responded by firing several mortars in their direction.
inquiry and the documented footage presented here concluded that a
single errant mortar landed in the courtyard of the UNRWA school, when
it was completely empty....
The IDF stresses
it does not operate or target international organizations in the Gaza
Strip, and the ongoing coordination conducted via the Coordinator of
Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) is continuous without
change, even during times of combat.
In light of the inquiry's findings, the IDF rejects
the claims that were made by various officials immediately following
the incident, that people were killed in the school premises as a result
of IDF operational activity.
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Chris Gunness, civilian casualties, Gaza, Hamas, human shields, IDF, UNRWA