On Wednesday, a second UN-run school was hit by Israeli shells in a Gaza refugee camp, killing 19 and injuring 125 people.
The scene, a mess of blood splattered floors inside classrooms, shattered glass, and at least 20 dead donkeys still tied to a railing, was described by survivors who combed the debris for the bodies of the dead.
Five of the 125 wounded are in critical condition.
According to Telegraph:
An Israeli military spokeswoman in Tel Aviv said she had no immediate information about what had happened at the facility, which belongs to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which said it had recovered fragments from the shells.
Khalil al-Halabi, director of UNRWA’s northern Gaza operations, said some 3,000 Palestinians were taking refuge in the school, in Jebalya refugee camp, when it came under fire around dawn.
“There were five shells – Israeli tank shells – which struck the people and killed many of them as they slept. Those people came to the school because it is a designated U.N. shelter,” he said.
Jebalya is the largest refugee camp in the Gaza strip, with a population of 120,000. The camp has been under Israeli fire for the past 24 hours.
“There is no safety at all, no place is safe, neither homes nor schools,” said Haleema Ghabin, holding her infant son at the school. “What shall I say to the world? Find us a solution, we are defenceless civilians and children.”
If you recall, 15 Palestinians were killed and 200 injured in a strike on a UN school in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun last Thursday. And just yesterday, rockets were found at another UN school, a discovery that a spokesman from UNRWA condemned for endangering civilians.
We’ll keep you updated with the latest from Gaza.
SOURCE: Telegraph | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty