Israel withdraws false accusations on Israeli child death: UNRWA

Ahram Online , Saturday 23 Aug 2014

The Israeli government had initially reported that the rocket which killed a 4-year-old boy was fired from a UNRWA school in Gaza

United Nations-run school August 3, 2014. (Photo:Reuters)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees said that Israeli authorities withdrew their statement that the rocket responsible for the death of a four-year-old Israeli boy was fired from a UNRWA school in Gaza, Ma’an Palestinian News Agency reported on Saturday.

UNRWA emphasised that the Israeli authorities' initial statement was a result of false reporting and that the claims are baseless.

The death of a four-year-old boy on Friday, who died when a mortar shell hit two cars in Nahal Oz, raised the death toll on the Israeli side to 68, including 64 soldiers, three civilians and a Thai worker, AFP reported.

According to Palestinian health officials, at least 2,092 Palestinians have been killed since Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip began on 8 July.

UNRWA further condemned the killing of children in the ongoing assault, including the Israeli child killed on Friday and the hundreds of Palestinian children killed since the beginning of the attacks on Gaza.

UNRWA is trying to exert efforts to maintain neutrality of its staff, property, and buildings. UNRWA also said that it is working under immense pressure to provide the necessary services to hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

As of 21 August, at least 435,000 people were reportedly displaced in the Gaza Strip as a result of the ongoing Israeli military attack on Gaza launched on 8 July 2014, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and UNRWA.

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