UN “Outrage” on Hamas Rockets Placed in United Nations School

New York, 23 July 2014 – Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on weapons at UNRWA school in Gaza

The Secretary-General is alarmed to hear that rockets were placed in an UNRWA school in Gaza and that subsequently these have gone missing. He expresses his outrage, and regret, at the placing of weapons in a UN-administered school. By doing so, those responsible are turning schools into potential military targets, and endangering the lives of innocent children, UN employees working in such facilities, and anyone using the UN schools as shelter.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) inspects recovered explosives with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. July 22, 2014. Photo: United Nations.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) inspects recovered explosives with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. July 22, 2014. Photo: United Nations.

The Secretary-General notes that this is inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 1860 (2009), which calls for the prevention of arms smuggling. He demands that militants groups, who are responsible must stop such actions and should be held accountable for endangering the lives of civilians in this manner.

Read full statement.

Note:  UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees)
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