Investigation of attack on UN school in Beit Hanoun cut short

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A visit to the scene of an attack at a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun was cut short when gunfire erupted around the area.

The UNRWA assessment team or UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, included an international weapons expert.

Media reports say at least 15 people died in the attack against the school.

Farhan Haq is the UN Spokesperson:

"The Relief and Works Agency regrets not being able complete even this initial assessment. It will attempt to visit the site when the situation allows. UNRWA reiterates its call for an immediate and comprehensive investigation. Meanwhile, Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, said that the bombing of the UNRWA school in Gaza and the death of innocent children will be seen as an international outrage. He said that schools should never be theatres of war but should be safe havens for boys and girls."

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General spoke to UNRWA staff in Gaza via skype and thanked them for their courageous efforts amid the ongoing conflict.

He was in Cairo wrapping up a week long tour to the Middle East to drum up support for a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Palestininians.

Mr Ban told the staff he was still working towards bringing an end to the "intolerable" situation.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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