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Britain and France condemn Gaza UN school air strikes

“We obviously do think it is appalling the loss of life that there has been,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday regarding Israeli strikes which hit a U.N. run school in Gaza. In an interview with BBC, Cameron said the government had been "very clear that there needs to be an immediate comprehensive humanitarian ceasefire, that we want this conflict to stop." Asked whether he regarded the attack as a ‘criminal act’, Cameron said: “The UN has spoken very clearly and I think they are right to speak very clearly.” “I'm not an international lawyer, so that's up to international lawyers. But international law is very, very clear that the use of force always has to be proportionate and civilians should not be targeted,” he continued. Meanwhile, France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has described the “killing of children and slaughter of civilians” as unjustifiable. “How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza? The tradition of friendship between Israel and France is an old one and Israel’s right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians,” he said in a statement. At least 10 Palestinians were killed and 50 injured on Sunday when Israeli artillery shelled the Anas al-Wazir school managed by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. Sunday’s attack in Rafah town in southern Gaza is the latest in a series of incidents at UN schools and facilities that are being used as makeshift shelters for Gaza’s displaced civilians.

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