Israeli claims of Hamas "human shields" strengthened as rockets discovered in school again
Israel's claims that Hamas is using Palestinians as human shields is once again gaining momentum following the discovery of rockets in a vacant school between two other UN schools being used as shelters.
The second such discovery at a vacant UN school in Gaza in a week, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the rockets were found in between two other UNRWA schools that are being used to host 1,500 displaced people.
'The agency immediately informed the relevant parties and is pursuing all possible measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school,' the agency said in a statement.
'UNRWA will launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.'
As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff withdrew from the area for the 'flagrant violation' of its status.
Israel's claims that Hamas uses civilians as human shields are difficult to prove. 'It would be impossible at this point to say how much truth there is to the human shield argument,' said Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told CNN. 'That's not going to be possible to do in the heat of the conflict.'