Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a campaign trail in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Har Homa, on March 16, 2015. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an Israeli news website Monday that if he is elected in Tuesday's national elections,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a campaign trail in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Har Homa, on March 16, 2015. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an Israeli news website Monday that if he is elected in Tuesday's national elections, "there will be no Palestinian state." (Xinhua/JINI)

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has ordered to investigate the shelling last summer of a UN school in Gaza that killed at least 20 Palestinians, the IDF said on Thursday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a campaign trail in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Har Homa, on March 16, 2015. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an Israeli news website Monday that if he is elected in Tuesday's national elections, "there will be no Palestinian state." (Xinhua/JINI)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a campaign trail in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Har Homa, on March 16, 2015. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an Israeli news website Monday that if he is elected in Tuesday’s national elections, “there will be no Palestinian state.” (Xinhua/JINI)

The IDF has ordered the military police to open criminal investigations into six potentially unlawful acts, including the shelling of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Elementary Girls School in Jabalia, about four km north of Gaza City, on July 30, 2014.
The school was used as a shelter for displaced Palestinians during the 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants last summer. Some 21 people were killed and more than 100 others injured during the shelling.
The IDF said five tank shells hit the school in response to mortar fire by Hamas from the vicinity of the school. However, a New York Times reporter who visited the scene said no one saw Palestinian fighters in the area and no bullet holes or empty castings supported IDF claims.
UNRWA charges that it had repeatedly notified the IDF about the shelter’s location in order to avoid being attacked. Some human rights groups also charged that Israel “provided no evidence to suggest militants were operating in the area,” nor “explain why it used a weapon as indiscriminate as a high-explosive heavy-artillery shell so near a UN school housing displaced people.”
After its offensive, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, on Gaza last summer, the IDF decided to handle claims, delivered by human rights organizations and the United Nations, over unlawful military activities.
Senior IDF officials believed that the attack on the UNRWA school was not in accordance with IDF rules of conduct and therefore ordered a criminal investigation on it.
More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of children, during the two-month war, while some 18,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged and more than 100,000 Palestinians displaced.
On the Israeli side, more than 70 Israelis died in the war, mostly soldiers operating in Gaza, as well as several citizens who died from Hamas rockets. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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