Gaza UN shelter attack 'totally unacceptable' - White House

تم نشره في Thu 31 July / Jul 2014. 08:20 PM

The US has said the shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible".

In its strongest criticism yet of Israel's offensive in Gaza, the US also said the civilian casualties were "too high", and called on Israel to do more to protect civilian life.

The UN has also criticised Israel over the worsening situation in Gaza, saying people there are "facing a precipice".

Some 425,000 Palestinians have been displaced by fighting, the UN says.

Meanwhile a senior Israeli official told the BBC that the army had "neutralised" 70-80% of Hamas' offensive tunnel network into Israel.

Israel says it will not stop its operation in Gaza until all the tunnels - which militants use to infiltrate Israeli territory - have been destroyed.

Since Israel began its offensive in Gaza on 8 July, 1,400 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

It said 173 people had been killed within the past 24 hours.

Some 58 Israelis have been killed in total, 56 soldiers and two civilians. A Thai worker in Israel has also died.