UN slates Israel Gaza 'attacks'

The United Nations has criticised Israel for targetting its installations during its 22-day war on Gaza in a new report.

The UN report, commissioned by Ban Ki-Moon, the UN secretary-general, said the Israeli military intentionally fired at UN facilities and civilians hiding in them during the war, and used disproportionate force.

A total of 53 installations used by the United Nations Relief and Works agency (UNRWA) were damaged or destroyed during Israel's Gaza campaign, including 37 schools - six of which were being used as emergency shelters - six health centres, and two warehouses, the UN agency said.
One strike near a UN school left more than 40 people dead, Gaza officials said.
'Facts ignored'

Israel's 22-day war on Gaza left more than 1,400 Palestinians, including around 400 children, dead, Gaza health officials said, and 13 Israelis killed and left much of the coastal territory in ruins.

The Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement: "The state of Israel rejects the criticism in the committee's summary report, and determines that in both spirit and language, the report is tendentious, patently biased, and ignores the facts presented to the committee.

full story at Al Jazeera: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/05/200955143232389149.html


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