White House Condemns Bombing of UN School in Gaza
July 30, 2014 - Washington D.C. - The White House,
Breaking: Gaza 72 hour Cease Fire Announced
Press Secretary Eric Schultz
"As you know, the United States does condemn the shelling of a U.N. school in Gaza which reportedly killed and injured innocent Palestinians, including children and U.N. humanitarian workers.
We are extremely concerned that the thousands of internally displaced Palestinians, who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes, are not safe in these U.N.-designated shelters in Gaza. We also condemn those responsible for hiding weapons in the United Nations facilities in Gaza. All of these actions violate the international understanding of the U.N.’s neutrality.
As you know, we first and foremost believe in Israel’s government -- in the Israeli government’s right to and obligation to defend their citizens. They’ve chosen to take military action to provide for that protection. But as you also note, we’ve been very clear that Israel needs to do more to live up to its own standards to limit the civilian casualties."
Q Eric, has there been any response from Israel? Have they taken responsibility for it? Have they expressed regret?
MR. SCHULTZ: "I understand, Roger, that the U.N. has put out a statement on its views. But from our vantage point, we just want to underscore the importance of a full, prompt and thorough investigation."
Q If the Israelis ask for any sort of ammunition to resupply, would the President be willing to authorize any sort of ammunition that we have available for Israelis in Israel?
MR. SCHULTZ: "I don’t have anything for you on that. I do know that we -- part of our commitment to working with the state of Israel is the significant resources we’ve done on the Iron Dome to help Israel protect its citizens. Obviously, there’s an additional request pending in front of Congress, and we hope they move on that."
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