Washington, D.C. (Aug. 4, 2014) — Following Sunday’s deadly shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah, sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, Peter Yeo, Executive Director of the Better World Campaign, made the following statement:
“When it comes to the sanctity of UN facilities, the U.S. and the UN are entirely on the same page: They simply must be off-limits.
“At a time of such intense strife in the region, Secretary-General Ban has said that ‘United Nations shelters must be safe zones not combat zones,’ and the Obama Administration has resoundingly agreed.
“We support the UN as it works alongside the U.S. to urge all parties to heed the neutrality of UN facilities, resume peace negotiations, and respond to the urgent humanitarian needs at hand.”
About the Better World Campaign
The Better World Campaign works to foster a strong relationship between the U.S. and the UN to promote core American interests and build a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world. The Better World Campaign engages policymakers, the media, and the American public alike to increase awareness of the critical role played by the UN in world affairs and the importance of constructive U.S.-UN relations.