“We have yet again seen another day in which 15 civilians, including children, have been killed in a UN run school compound in Gaza.
Since the start of the conflict more than 133 schools have been shelled or suffered collateral damage. This includes 49 government schools and 84 UNRWA schools.
This attack emphasises the urgent need for both parties to end the militarisation of schools and to recognise that the violation of schools and schoolchildren is outlawed by the international community.
Schools should not be targeted nor should weapons be stored in them. We must protect these places of learning.
The international community must now adopt and enforce the Lucens principles. This would write into military manuals that schools are to be seen as safe havens for children not theatres for the execution of war.”