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White House asks Israel for more information about airstrike on school in Gaza

The White House is asking Israel for more information about the airstrike on a United Nations-run school in central Gaza that reportedly killed at least 40 people.

The Biden administration has “no independent verification of exactly what happened” but is talking to the Israelis to “try to understand better,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told CNN.

He added that Israel has the “right to go after Hamas” but that “how they do it matters.”

“They absolutely have the right to go after Hamas and we know that Hamas houses civilian installations and digs tunnels under houses and things like that. But how they do it matters,” Kirby said. “Obviously, we don’t want to see any civilian casualties in any way. So this is all new and we are trying to get as much information as possible from the Israelis.”

A CNN analysis found that the airstrike on the UN school was carried out with a US-made weapon.

The Israeli army defended the attack. Israel Defense Forces spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said Israeli intelligence believes the Hamas fighters who took part in the October 7 attack were operating from inside three classrooms. Earlier, another Israeli military spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, told journalists that the military was “not aware of any civilian casualties.”

CNN cannot independently verify any of these Israeli army claims.

Source: CNN Brasil

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