20 rockets found at U.N.-run school in Gaza

Palestinian boys raise their hands during one of the first classes of the 2011-12 academic year at a school in Gaza supported by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Credit: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan.

(JNS.org) A cache of 20 hidden rockets was found in a United Nations-run school in Gaza on Wednesday.

The school is operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which said in a statement that the rockets were found in "the course of the regular inspection of its premises." Although the school was vacant at the time, UNRWA stressed that it "strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations."

"This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law," said UNRWA.

This incident was "the first of its kind in Gaza," UNRWA said, and "endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestinian refugees in Gaza." 

According to Israeli officials, UNRWA turned the rockets found in the school over to Hamas.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor said, "This [incident] proves that there is no line Hamas won't cross. Using [Palestinian] children as a propaganda tool is losing us the next generation, which is the future leadership [in Gaza]."

Posted on July 17, 2014 .