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Statement on the shelling of an UNRWA school and a market in Gaza

EU News 331/2014

Brussels, 31 July 2014

"We condemn the shelling of an UNRWA school in Gaza and of a market in Shuja'iyeh.

It is unacceptable that innocent displaced civilians, who were taking shelter in designated UN areas after being called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes, have been killed. These incidents must be investigated with immediate effect.

We are deeply concerned at the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza and reiterate that all sides must meet their obligations and immediately allow safe and full humanitarian access for the urgent distribution of assistance. The humanitarian imperative must be respected and the civilian population protected in accordance with International Humanitarian Law. The dignity and rights of all those in need of humanitarian assistance must be respected and protected."

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