A United Nations inquiry into attacks on UN facilities by Israeli forces during the Gaza operation, has found that in at least seven out of nine incidents, Israel was solely to blame.
The attacks, including ones on schools and medical centers, killed many civilians that were being sheltered from the conflict by the UN.
A report commissioned by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon stated that " the Israeli military intentionally fired at UN facilities and civilians hiding in them during the war and used disproportionate force." It accuses the Israeli army of "varying degrees of negligence or recklessness with regard to United Nations premises and to the safety of UN staff and other civilians within those premises, with consequent deaths, injuries and extensive physical damage and loss of property."
Israel's use of missiles, bombs, and small arms against the UN buildings, resulted in dozens of deaths and widespread property damage.
A UN fuel and aid depot was severely damaged by Israeli artillery, and shelling continued for up to two hours after the UN had demanded that Israel cease its attacks on them.
The report also recommends 'further investigation into possible war crimes'.
According to BBC, in one case, Palestinian militants were found to have fired at a United Nations warehouse.
Also from the BBC article;
The investigation rejects Israel's claim that militants were firing from the Fakhura school when at least 40 people outside the school were killed in shellfire.
The board of inquiry also criticises Israel's use of white phosphorous shells which caused the incineration of UN's main food warehouse in Gaza.
At a News conference on Tuesday, Ban ki-moon said that the aim of the non-binding report was to establish "a clear record of the facts" surrounding incidents involving UN premises and personnel, according to a report from Al Jazeera.
Up to 53 installations used by UNRWA were damaged or destroyed during Israel's Gaza onslaught, including 37 schools, the UN agency said.
The Israeli foreign ministry issued a statement calling the report 'highly unbalanced';
"The spirit of the report and its language are tendentious and entirely unbalanced and ignore the facts as they were presented to the commission,"
"The commission prefers the positions of Hamas, a murderous terror organization, and by doing so misleads the world public."
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