UN Admits Palestinians Fired Rockets from UNRWA Schools

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unrwaThe UN Board of Inquiry report regarding the protection of UN facilities during the 2014 Gaza war found that in the Jabalia school, “it was highly likely that an unidentified Palestinian armed group could have used the school premises to launch attacks on or around 14 July.”

Similarly, concerning weaponry stored at the UNRWA Nuseirat Preparatory Co-educational “B” School, the UN inquiry found that “the premises could have been used for an unknown period of time by members of a Palestinian armed group” – and that “it was likely that such a group may have fired the mortar from within the premises of the school.”

The UN investigated the Palestinian storing of rockets in UNRWA schools and their use of the schools to launch rockets against Israel, all of which constitute grave violations of the Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law.

Key findings gleaned from the UN report:

  • Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad stored rockets in UNRWA schools. The board found, in the case of the UNRWA Jabalia Elementary “C” and Ayyobiya Boys School, referring to the discovery of weapons there on 22 July 2014, that “it was highly likely that a Palestinian armed group might have used the premises to hide weapons.”
  • Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad stored rockets in schools that were in active use by children. During the war, former PLO lawyer Diana Buttu famously said on Al Jazeera that “the rockets that were found in the schools in UNRWA were schools that are not being used by anybody—school is out, I’ll have you know.” However, in the UNRWA Gaza Beach Elementary Co-educational “B” School, on 16 July 2014, the UN Board of Inquiry notes that the school gate was unlocked during the period leading up to the incident “in order to allow children access to the schoolyard.” School was out, but UNRWA was inviting the children back in to play.
  • Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad fired rockets from UNRWA schools. In the Jabalia school listed above, the board found that “it was highly likely that an unidentified Palestinian armed group could have used the school premises to launch attacks on or around 14 July.” Similarly, concerning weaponry stored at the UNRWA Nuseirat Preparatory Co- educational “B” School, the UN inquiry found that “the premises could have been used for an unknown period of time by members of a Palestinian armed group”  — and that “it was likely that such a group may have fired the mortar from within the premises of the school.”

{Matzav.com Israel}

4 COMMENTS

  1. with this info Israelis should sue the UN as an accomplice to war crimes and or damages even if the will loose it will at least publicize the fact that the UN allowed their schools to be used by Hamas during the war and once and for all expose their duplicity

  2. And if so, what??? It won’t give Israel any increase in credibility or sympathy. Israel should thumb its nose at the UN and do what it hs to do.

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