UN humanitarian chief appalled by attacks on UN and other school in Gaza

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Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Appalled by the attacks on UN offices and schools in Gaza, the UN humanitarian chief has called on the fighters to show some "humanity and morality."

Ms Valerie Amos, who is also the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), expressed alarm that more children and civilians were being killed and injured.

Another UN school serving as a shelter has been hit in gross violation of international law, she deplored.

On Tuesday, the OCHA office in Gaza as well as the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process was hit five times.

Gaza's sole power plant was also hit and is unlikely to be operable in the near future.

With over 10 per cent of the population in Gaza displaced and in need of aid, Ms Amos warned that her office's capacity is stretched to the limit.

Meanwhile, the UN Middle East Peace Envoy has warned the parties to the conflict of their responsibility to protect UN property and assets which must remain inviolable.

Mr Robert Serry said a more formal investigation is pending to determine the party responsible for the shelling of the UN compound.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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