GAZA – Israel attacked a UN school acting as a shelter in the northern Gaza strip at around half two on Thursday afternoon, July 24, killing at least 15 in the facility that shelter Palestinian women and children, Gaza health officials said.
"Such a massacre requires more than one hospital to deal with it," Ayman Hamdan, director of the Beit Hanoun hospital, told Reuters.
Pools of blood lay on the ground and on students' desks in the courtyard of the school near the apparent impact mark of the shell, according to a Reuters photographer at the scene.
The Beit Hanoun elementary school had around 800 people, mostly women and children, inside when the attack took place.
Adnan Abu Hassna, the UN spokesman in Gaza told ITV News that the UN had provided the exact co-ordinates of the school to the Israeli military, so they are surprised by the attack.
The attack, thought to have come from a tank, or artillery, resulted in the death of at least 15 people and injury of more than 200.
Israel Radio said, without citing a source, that most of those killed at the United Nations school were children.
Thursday’s strike is the fourth time a UN facility has been hit in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza. But it’s the first time casualties have been reported.
Heavy fighting was reported along the border of central Gaza, according to Gaza police spokesman Ayman Batniji.
On Monday, July 21, Israel shelled a hospital in the central Gaza, killing five people and wounding at least 70, among them doctors and medical staff.
Israeli troops fired tank shells that reached parts of the Bureij and Maghazi refugee camps. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Clashes also erupted between Palestinian fighters and Israeli troops in the northern town of Beit Lahiya, and the sound of explosions was audible across the town, Batniji said.
Israel has been launching relentless airstrikes against Gaza since July 8 where hundreds have been killed and injured.
Israel occupation forces started a ground invasion of besieged Gaza, home to two millions civilian, on Thursday, July 17.
The Palestinian death toll in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip rose above 750, with more than 3660 injured.
According to the UN aid agency for Palestinians (UNRWA), the large scale of mass destruction in Gaza has left about 1,255 home severely damaged, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes that were caught up in the Israeli air strikes.
On Monday, July 21, a galaxy of international renowned figures have called for arms embargo on Israel, accusing it of ‘war crimes and possible crimes against humanity’ in Gaza.
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