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Friday, July 25, 2014

Surprise: Hamas gunmen were shooting from UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun

Earlier today, UNRWA claimed that the IDF had fired on one of its schools in Beit Hanoun, which was being used to shelter civilians. Later, the IDF said it was investigating the incident, and still later it was reported that it was Hamas that shot the shells. Now, the IDF has investigated and concluded that terrorists fired from around the school and that the IDF returned fire.
The IDF Spokesperson's Office said on Thursday night that an initial investigation into the shelling of a UN-run school in Gaza – which left at least fifteen dead, and dozens wounded – found that terrorists had opened fire from the vicinity of the school, and that the army returned fire.

At the same time, Hamas fired in the general direction of the school, the army said. Civilians in the school were asked to vacate the area, but refused, the army added.


The Secretary General’s spokesperson emphasized that the United Nations is still unsure which side committed the attack, but did confirm that UN workers were killed.

The IDF Spokesperson's Office said it was still looking into the matter; while IDF sources said the building may have been hit by an errant Gaza rocket and that that possibility was being examined.

"Such a massacre requires more than one hospital to deal with it," said Ayman Hamdan, director of the Beit Hanoun hospital. More than 140,000 Palestinians have fled 17 days of fighting during Israel's Operation Protective Edge, many of them seeking refuge in buildings run by the UN UNWRA agency.  

Chris Gunness, spokesman for the main UN agency in Gaza UNRWA, confirmed the strike and criticized Israel.

"Precise co-ordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun had been formally given to the Israeli army ... Over the course of the day UNRWA tried to coordinate with the Israeli Army a window for civilians to leave and it was never granted," Gunness said on his Twitter page.
In the end, you know that somehow Hamas did this. 

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