– “The President of the [French] Republic, [Francois Hollande], condemned the unacceptable shelling of a UN school in Rafah, resulting in the death of at least ten people who took refuge in it,” said a statement by the French Presidency on Monday.
Hollande “joined the UN Secretary General in asking that those responsible for this violation of international law be held accountable.”
“The imperative necessity of a cease-fire alleviating the plight of civilian populations is once again tragically confirmed,” concluded the statement.
Also, Spain condemned the shelling of a UNRWA-run school. The Spanish Foreign Ministry said in a press release that this serious attack was the third-of-its-kind as another UNRWA-run facility sheltering thousands of internally-displaced Palestinians had been shelled in Gaza Strip.
The Ministry reiterated its immediate call for fully respecting international humanitarian law, especially provisions related to avoiding harming civilian population, as well as respecting inviolability of UN facilities that have been making great efforts to protect Palestinian civilians.
The Ministry urged the parties to immediately bring about a ceasefire and resume negotiations that would allow reaching an immediate and permanent ceasefire. It reiterated its support for the Egyptian ceasefire initiative and stressed that it would continue to work with EU partners to achieve fervently-desired peace.