An internal UN investigation into the attacks on its facilities in Gaza last summer blamed the IDF for damages caused in seven schools managed by the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
Six of those schools served as a refuge for civilians during the Israeli offensive, whose result was the death of 44 innocent Palestinians and 227 other wounded.
The report submitted Monday to the Security Council also states that three schools that were empty were used by Palestinian armed groups to store weapons and presumably leg firing rockets into Israel.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a group of experts in November 2014 to lead an investigation into the attacks. This group was led by former Dutch General Patrick Cammaert.
During the presentation of the findings, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon complained in a letter to the Security Council about the consequences of the Israeli attacks.
The results will now be studied to assess what has been described as the “extreme gravity” of acts that resulted in the severance of the inviolability of UN facilities.
“The coordinates of the centers of the UN were known by the Israeli Army and were recorded on maps,” says the document.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Emmanuel Nahshon, said yesterday that his government has also investigated the facts contained in the report and that the Israeli government has opened criminal cases where they are considered necessary.
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said meanwhile that the Islamic resistance movement will study the report, although he sees no evidence that weapons caches were hiding in UN schools in Gaza.
An external international commission led by the UN intends to render its conclusions next June.
Following the accession of the Palestinian authorities to the treaty regulating the International Criminal Court, the prosecution of this court opened a preliminary investigation in January to examine whether war crimes were committed during the conflict in Gaza last summer, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed. Most of those killed were civilians.
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