IDF: 'Single Errant Mortar Landed in the Courtyard of the UNRWA School, When it was Completely Empty'

On Sunday afternoon the Israeli Defense Force announced that after investigating the widely-reported alleged bombing of a UN school building in Beit Hanoun, "a single errant mortar landed in the courtyard of the UNRWA school, when it was completely empty."

"Since Thursday, July 24, 2014, the IDF has conducted a comprehensive inquiry regarding the incident in which the UNRWA school was fired upon. The inquiry concluded that during the intense fighting between IDF forces and Hamas militants, the militants operated adjacent to the UNRWA school," the press release stated. "The militants fired anti-tank missiles at IDF soldiers, who then responded by firing several mortars in their direction."

Video provided by the IDF also shows that the mortar landed in an empty courtyard:

The IDF added that it "rejects the claims that were made by various officials immediately following the incident, that people were killed in the school premises as a result of IDF operational activity." 

Many in the mainstream media jumped to quickly blame Israel for the death of the children that were allegedly located inside of the building. On July 25th, Al Jazeera claimed that the UN building was "struck by Israeli shells," and the Gaza health ministry alleged that the "bombardment killed at least 16 people and injured 150 in UN-run school in Beit Hanoun."

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