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Singapore 'condemns' Israeli shelling of UN-designated shelter: MFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the act of shelling the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in Gaza, which injured and killed civilians including children, is "unpardonable".

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said the Republic "condemns" the Israeli shelling of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in Gaza, and the killing and injuring of innocent lives are "unpardonable".

On July 29, it was reported that Israeli shells had struck a school in the Jabalia refugee camp, which had been designated a United Nations (UN) shelter for displaced Palestinians. A UN official gave the death toll as 16, while Gaza's emergency services spokesman put it at "dozens" after giving an initial count of 20.

Commenting on this, a MFA spokesperson said: “We condemn the shelling of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in Gaza, a designated United Nations (UN) shelter for displaced Palestinians, which has injured and killed innocent lives, including children. Such actions are unpardonable. UN humanitarian operations, personnel and premises must remain inviolable."

The spokesperson added the incident, and the rising number of civilian deaths, "further strengthen the urgent need for an immediate cessation of all hostilities so that humanitarian aid can be provided to all those affected by the conflict".

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