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Most people remember the headlines: Massacre Of Innocents As UN School Is Shelled; Israeli Strike Kills Dozens At UN School. There was just one problem: The story, as etched in people's minds, was not quite accurate.
Physical evidence and interviews with several eyewitnesses, including a teacher who was in the schoolyard at the time of the shelling, make it clear: While a few people were injured from shrapnel landing inside the white-and-blue-walled UNRWA compound, no one in the compound was killed. The 43 people who died in the incident were all outside, on the street, where all three mortar shells landed.
The UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs got the location right, for a short while. Its daily bulletin cited "early reports" that "three artillery shells landed outside the UNRWA Jabalia Prep. C Girls School ..." However, its more comprehensive weekly report, published three days later, stated that "Israeli shelling directly hit two UNRWA schools ..." including the one at issue.
On Friday, health workers went through the smoldering wreckage of the five-story Al Quds hospital run by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, which was hit by three Israeli shells the day before.
There was nothing left to salvage inside the blackened hulk.
(Jan. 16, 2009, UN says Gaza hospitals in crisis)
Water pipes supplying the facility were badly damaged by the shelling. Hospital services are expected to be back to normal in three to five days.
Clarification: While correctly reported on 6 January that Israeli shells landed outside an UNRWA school in Jabalia, resulting in an initial estimate of 30 fatalities, the Situation Report of 7 January referred to 'the shelling of the UNRWA school in Jabalia.' The Humanitarian Coordinator would like to clarify that the shelling, and all of the fatalities, took place outside rather than inside the school.
Mr. Ging blames the Israelis for the confusion over where the victims were killed. "They even came out with a video that purported to show gunmen in the schoolyard. But we had seen it before," he said, "in 2007."http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090129.wgazaschool29/BNStory/International/home
Sensing a public-relations nightmare, Israeli spokespeople quickly asserted that their forces had only returned fire from gunmen inside the school. (They even named two militants.) It was a statement from which they would later retreat, saying there were gunmen in the vicinity of the school.www.theglobeandmail.com...
IDF releases footage from last year showing UN school used by Hamas to fire mortar shells
The army noted that Tuesday was not the first time Hamas had attacked Israel from within a school. The IDF released a video taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle in late 2007 showing terrorists firing mortars from right outside a school.
The most immediate concern, related to today’s pledge and Hamas’s continued control of Gaza, is the fact that UNRWA does not sufficiently vet its employees in the West Bank and Gaza
Originally posted by Skyfloating
The UN is traditionally more biased toward what it considers weaker countries.
[edit on 2-2-2009 by Skyfloating]
Originally posted by ravenshadow13
Without sarcasm, at all, it's amazing that you found that. Really, really good work. S&F. I really thank you for your research. I only hope that more people will catch on.
Originally posted by undo
i wonder if someone is actually trying to make biblical prophecy come to pass, as if they could force the issue. think about it. all the tell tale signs are present.
anti-israel sentiment in a world wide politically powerful organization.
the fed becoming a monster that eats people's livelihood for breakfast, which creates further anti-jew sentiment. constant war between palestine and israel that feeds the anti-israel sentiment. israel, one very small country, completely surrounded on all sides by enemies. it's ....bizarre how close to the prophetical texts it is. creeps me out, actually.
Originally posted by deccal
UN is nothing..Look what happened in Bosnia, Somali, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and in Gaza...Hunderds of thousand died and UN did NOTHING. How is UN biased? I don't get it.
Originally posted by undo
reply to post by deccal
i'm basically pointing out that maybe someone is trying to create it, artificially.