The United Nations has officially condemned Israel for shelling its emergency shelters in Gaza during the summer of 2014. The attacks left hundreds injured and at least 44 dead.

Al-Jazeera reports:

A UN inquiry has blamed Israeli security forces for seven deadly attacks on UN schools in Gaza that were used as shelters for safety during last year’s offensive.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement on Monday that he deplored the attacks that killed at least 44 Palestinians and injured at least 227 others at the UN sites.

“It is a matter of the utmost gravity that those who looked to them for protection and who sought and were granted shelter there had their hopes and trust denied,” Ban added.

The independent board of inquiry also found that weaponry was found at three empty UN schools in Gaza and that in two cases Palestinian fighters “probably” fired at Israeli forces from schools. Ban also called that “unacceptable”.

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—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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