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Shelling of UN School: The Truth Emerges

by Mike Fegelman

Reporter Patrick Martin of the Globe & Mail investigates the shelling of Palestinian gunmen near a UN school that led to the tragic death of 43 civilians. His conclusion? The facts don't support the accepted story that the school itself was shelled:

  • "Physical evidence and interviews with several eyewitnesses, including a teacher who was in the schoolyard at the time of the shelling, make it clear: While a few people were injured from shrapnel landing inside the white-and-blue-walled UNRWA compound, no one in the compound was killed. The 43 people who died in the incident were all outside, on the street, where all three mortar shells landed.
  • Stories of one or more shells landing inside the schoolyard were inaccurate.
  • While the killing of 43 civilians on the street may itself be grounds for investigation, it falls short of the act of shooting into a schoolyard crowded with refuge-seekers."

The lies and misconceptions were anticipated; but coverage in the BBC, Der Spiegel, and The Age show the truth about Gaza and the gunmen operating among civilians is getting out.

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