Obama administration blasts Israel for U.N. facility strike

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Credit: White House.

(JNS.org) A White House spokesperson on Thursday blasted Israel for not doing enough to protect innocent civilians in Gaza after a shell hit a U.N. facility on Wednesday, resulting in 19 Palestinian deaths. The comments mark another possible sign of growing tension between Israel and President Barack Obama.

“The shelling of a U.N. facility that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. 

According to the Israel Defense Forces, Hamas terrorists near the school had fired on Israeli soldiers, forcing the troops to fire back at the target. 

“Earlier this morning, militants fired mortar shells at [Israeli] soldiers from the vicinity of the UNRWA school in [the] Jabaliya [refugee camp]. In response, soldiers fired towards the origins of fire, and we’re still reviewing the incident,” an IDF spokeswoman said on Wednesday. 

Hamas terrorists have been repeatedly found operating in or near U.N. facilities and schools. This week saw the third discovery of Hamas rockets in a U.N. building since the current conflict began.

Posted on July 31, 2014 .