The facility is run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which admitted in a press statement that the rockets, suspected of belonging to Hamas, were discovered during a routine building inspection.
The UNRWA officials in Gaza claim the school was vacant at the time of the shocking discovery of the rockets, but it’s not known how long they were being illegally stored in the school. UNRWA officials stated to reporters that it is investigating the incident and they condemn those responsible for using a school filled with children as an arsenal for its weapons “This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law,” said UNRWA.
This discovery of suspected terrorists’ weapons is the first time a United Nations relief facility was used to store a cache of deadly weapons. They also noted that storing the weapons therein made the school children and staff targets for Israeli military forces.
Groups such as Hamas are often discovered to use women and children as shields and they have hidden their weapons caches in schools, mosques, and even private homes of non-Islamist Palestinians.
According to the organization United Nations Watch, Israel has never been a favored nation by those in charge of UN programs and the majority of its member nations. On the organization’s web site it states:
“The countless anti-Israel resolutions and related debates consume an astonishing proportion of the UN community’s precious resources. This year, during the 61th Session of the General Assembly (2006-2007), the time spent by ambassadors on enacting the 22nd anti-Israel resolution of the year was time not spent on passing a single resolution on Sudan’s genocide in Darfur. Diplomats at foreign ministries or UN missions have a limited amount of time to devote to any particular UN session. Because every proposed UN resolution is subjected to intensive review by various levels and branches of government, a direct result of the anti-Israel texts is a crippling of the UN’s ability to tackle the world’s ills.”