On Thursday, Gazan authorities announced that Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people.
The Palestinian death toll reached 750 this week.
According to CNN:
The coordinates of the school in Beit Hanoun, which was serving a shelter for families in Gaza, had been given to the Israeli military, said the spokesman, Chris Gunness.
“Many have been killed — including women and children, as well as U.N. staff,” according to a statement issued by Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. secretary-general. Footage shows pools of blood at the scene. Ban, who was traveling in Iraq on Thursday, said he was “appalled” by the violence.
The Israeli military said it was “reviewing” the incident and told CNN that a rocket fired from Gaza could have been responsible. Sometimes, rockets from Gaza fall and explode, and that could have been the case here, the military said.
In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said it is “in the midst of combat, with Hamas terrorists in the area of Beit Hanoun, who are using civilian infrastructure and international symbols as human shields. In the course of the afternoon, several rockets launched by Hamas from within the Gaza Strip landed in the Beit Hanoun area.”
But shortly after the strike, Gunness tweeted that the coordinates of the shelter had been given to the Israeli military and that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency had twice tried to coordinate with the Israeli military to evacuate the civilians at the shelter.
Gunness posted: “Precise co-ordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun had been formally given to the Israeli army. … ” Then minutes later, he tweeted: “Over the course of the day UNRWA tried 2 coordinate with the Israeli Army a window for civilians 2 leave & it was never granted. …”
Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, said that as well as the 15 dead, another 200 people were wounded in the attack. A Palestinian government statement condemned the strike, calling it “Israeli brutal aggression that targeted” Gaza’s displaced.
We’ll keep you updated with the latest from Gaza.
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