IDF Says UN Lying about Gaza Civilian Casualties – Adam Kredo (Washington Free Beacon)
(dailyalert.org, July 25, 2014)
Israel says the UN aid agency UNRWA is falsely claiming that the Israel Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed Thursday.
“For two days we were trying to move people out of that school in particular and the Beit Hanoun area in general,” said an IDF official who was involved in the interactions between the IDF, UNRWA, and the International Red Cross leading up to the incident.
“This morning we sought a cease-fire in the area and a humanitarian evacuation of civilians, but Hamas refused – because they wanted to keep civilians in the area to protect their fighters who were firing on the IDF,” the source said.
The claim by UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness that the IDF did not respond to their request to evacuate civilians is “a flat-out, complete and total lie.”
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