Over 200,000 Gazans In U.N. Shelters As Fighting Continues

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The fighting continued today in Gaza, with an early morning strike on a United Nations refugee camp, which killed at least 20 Palestinians.

Israel declared a limited humanitarian ceasefire, but excluded areas in which its troops are carrying out operations. Israeli military officials also warned Gazans to stay away from areas they have been told to evacuate.

The U.N. says it is now sheltering over 200,000 Palestinians, and that at least five — possibly as many as seven — of its facilities have been hit by fire since the Israeli ground operation began.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA) has strongly condemned the Israeli strikes on U.N. schools. A U.N. girls’ school being used as a shelter in the Jabaliya refugee camp was struck by Israeli forces early Wednesday, killing 19 people and injuring 90.

In a statement, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl condemned “in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.”

Sudarsan Raghavan of The Washington Post joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from Gaza with the latest.


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Comments [1]

Harry Widoff

Since original events in Israel Palestine are over shadowed by recent events

June 2014 3 Israeli Teenagers abducted or kidnapped and killed
Here's the UN Violation.
On 20 December 2006, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

In international human rights law, a forced disappearance (or enforced disappearance) occurs when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization or by a third party with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person's fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law.[1]

According to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which came into force on 1 July 2002, when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed at any civilian population, a "forced disappearance" qualifies as a crime against humanity and, thus, is not subject to a statute of limitations. On 20 December 2006, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Often forced disappearance implies murder. The victim in such a case is abducted, illegally detained and often tortured during interrogation; killed, and the body hidden. Typically, a murder will be surreptitious, with the corpse disposed of to escape discovery, so that the person apparently vanishes. The party committing the murder has deniability, as nobody provides evidence of the victim's death.

Jul. 30 2014 08:45 PM

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