Netanyahu urges delay in probe of shelling UN facilities

This file photo shows Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

The Israeli premier has urged the UN chief to delay a probe into Tel Aviv’s fatal shelling of UN facilities in the recent military onslaught against the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a meeting with Ban Ki-moon and other UN diplomats, Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Tel Aviv had done everything to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza.

He said the UN should discard the inquiry board as the Israeli military police are already investigating the incidents.

But the UN chief said Israel had acted disproportionately in its 50-day onslaught on the Palestinian enclave.

Ban added that Tel Aviv violated the international law, since UN facilities are supposed to be immune from such attacks.

Israeli forces shelled seven UN-run facilities used as shelters for Gazans in its recent invasion of the coastal enclave.

Israel unleashed aerial attacks on Gaza in early July and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion of the Palestinian territory. Over 2,130 Palestinians lost their lives and some 11,000 were injured. Gaza Health officials say the victims included 578 children and nearly 260 women.

According to Israeli sources, more than 70 Israelis were also killed. Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, puts this number at more than 150.

By Press TV

 

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