IDF investigates bombing of UN school in Gaza

Published March 20th, 2015 - 02:21 GMT

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is launching an investigation of the bombing of a UN school in the Gaza Strip during the war last July, according to the AFP.

The attack was part of the Israeli ground offensive on Gaza last summer. The school was run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, and was housing nearly 3,000 internally displaced Palestinians. Seventeen were killed in the shelling. 

Six other schools were bombed during the war and many others were damaged by fire. 

"On 28 separate occasions over the previous two weeks, we had informed the army of the coordinates," said an UNRWA spokesman of the school under investigation. 

According to the military attorney general in an official report, "factual findings...indicated the existence of grounds for a reasonable suspicion that the strike [on the school] was not carried out in accordance with the rules and procedures applicable to IDF [army] forces."

The report dismissed several other complaints of wartime misconduct by the Israeli army.

The investigation begins as Palestinians prepare to take legal action against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC). They plan to file their first complaint on April 1st, the day Palestine is scheduled to officially join the ICC.

Seventy-two Israelis and 2,200 Palestinians died in the war.

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