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7/18/2014 (10 months ago)

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Weapons were found in 'the course of the regular inspection of its premises'

Some 20 rockets were found in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The weapons were found in "the course of the regular inspection of its premises," the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said in a statement. The agency also added that the school was vacant.

This latest incident would confirm Israel's oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use civilian infrastructure to hide weapons.

This latest incident would confirm Israel's oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use civilian infrastructure to hide weapons.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/18/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Gaza, United Nations, missiles, school


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law," the statement read.

This latest incident would confirm Israel's oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use civilian infrastructure to hide weapons.

Let's all pray that people make the right decisions in this conflict --

"Yet again, Gaza terrorists abuse U.N. facilities to carry out their violent activities. Hamas and other terror groups are determined to put civilians in harm's way and will respect nothing in their violent frenzy," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor told newspaper reporters.

"We expect the U.N. and the international community to condemn and to act strongly against this brazen violation of international humanitarian law, which endangers children and UN humanitarian activities."

This incident was reportedly "the first of its kind in Gaza," the organization said. "Endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA's vital mission to assist and protect Palestinian refugees in Gaza."

The agency also informed all officials after the discovery of the rockets that they "successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school."

Officials from the agency, known for being critical of Israeli policies vis-ŕ-vis the Palestinians, have been summoned to the Foreign Ministry. They have apologized to Israel for the incident, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said.

The agency has launched a "comprehensive investigation" into the incidence, the statement said.

The group has been charged with taking care of the welfare of Palestinian refugees, has "strong, established procedures to maintain the neutrality of all its premises, including a strict no-weapons policy and routine inspections of its installations, to ensure they are only used for humanitarian purposes," a statement read. "UNRWA will uphold and further reinforce its procedures."

The United Nations was founded as an alternative to war. Over the years, however, the U.N. has been used as a body to further and aid war. This latest incident, where civilians were put in harm's way, indicates either a culpable - or deeply inept organization. In either case, the U.N. is not doing the U.S. and its allies any favors.

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