White House: UN School Shelling 'Indefensible'

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 01:35 PM

 

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The White House says there is little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza and is casting the shelling as "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest cited statements from the U.N. blaming Israel for the shelling, as well as the Israeli government's acknowledgement that it was firing in the area of the school. Earnest says that while the U.S. supports a full investigation into the matter, "it does not appear there's a lot of doubt about whose artillery was involved."

In its initial statements after the shelling, the White House condemned the attack but specifically did not assign responsibility.

Earnest reiterated that Israel can do more to ensure the safety of civilians in the clashes between Israel and Hamas.

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