update on unrwa school shelling

in this article

also, according to the AJE live blog, a unrwa spokesperson said:

We gave the Israelis the precise GPS co-ordinates of the Beit Hanoun shelter as fighting drew in. We were trying to co-ordinate a window [for evacuation] and that was never granted.”

He said he could neither confirm nor deny that Hamas fighters were near the building, but said Israel and Hamas “must respect the inviolability of UN premises, and humanitarian law”.

(and here): “Robert Turner, the UNRWA director in Gaza, said there was no warning from the Israelis about the attack on the school in Beit Hanoun.

He said they were in contact with Israeli forces about a window to evacuate the school before the attack happened.

“This is a designated emergency shelter,” he said.

“The location was conveyed to the Israelis.

He said he had no information that there was military activity around the school.

“This was an installation we were managing, that monitored [to ensure] that our neutrality was maintained.

“We always call on all parties to ensure that civilians are not harmed.”

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