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Ban Ki-moon calls Israeli attack on UN-run school a ‘criminal act’

Aug 4 (): UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an Israeli attack on an UN-run school in Gaza Strip which killed 10 Palestinians, terming the attack as a “moral outrage and a criminal act” and said all those liable for the “gross violation of international law” should be held accountable.

Ten Palestinians were killed and about 30 were injured in the Israeli attack on the UN-run school on Saturday. The school was giving shelter to around 3,000 displaced people. It was the third fatal attack by the military of Israel on an UN-run school sheltering Palestinians in the 27 day-old Gaza conflict that began on July 8.

The victims of the deadly attack had all taken shelter in the schools after being asked by the military of Israel to leave their houses.

The United States has termed the “disgraceful” attack of Israel on the United Nations school giving shelter to 3,000 displaced people in southern Gaza as shocking. In the statement given out by US State Department it was noted that the school had been labelled as a protected site.

Spokeswoman of the State Department, Jen Psaki, said they once again stressed that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties.

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said in a press meet that putting the people of Gaza “in a continuous situation of confrontation and fighting” will only lead to more violence, adding that was an excellent atmosphere for extremism.

UN agency for Palestinian refugees head, Pierre Krahenbuhl, called the shelter attack a clear violation of international law.

Following the UN school attack in the Palestinian territory and amid world disgrace over the deadly strike, Israel had announced it would hold its attack for seven hours in most of Gaza on Monday.