MOSCOW, August 4 (RIA Novosti) – French President Francois Hollande said the shelling of a UN-run school in southern Gaza, which led to the death of civilians, was “unacceptable” and called for those responsible to answer for their actions, Agence France-Presse reported Monday.
Hollande condemned the «unacceptable bombing of a school in Rafah run by the United Nations, which caused the death of at least 10 people who had taken refuge there», according to the statement cited by the agency.
French leader did not specify who is to blame for the incident, in his opinion, but echoed the calls by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon «to ask that those responsible for this violation of international law answer for their actions».
Earlier Sunday, US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the United States was “appalled” by the incident and demanded “full and prompt” investigation of the attack.
Israel’s military confirmed that it had targeted three terrorists from Islamic Jihad, who were “on board a motorcycle in the vicinity of an UNRWA school in Rafah.” According to the army statement, they are currently “reviewing the consequences of this strike.”
Israel has launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8 to put an end to rocket fire from Gaza. On July 17, the Israeli Army switched to a ground assault largely aimed at locating and destroying rocket launchers and underground tunnels. According to the latest reports, nearly 1,754 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 67 Israelis have been killed since the offensive began.