Thursday, July 24, 2014

15 Gazans die in Israeli attack on UNRWA school (Israeli officials have yet to comment on the incident)

More than 15 Palestinian civilians were killed on Thursday when the Israeli army shelled a school run by the U.N.'s Palestinian refugees agency (UNRWA) in the northern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian Health Ministry official has said.
"More than 15 people were killed and nearly 100 others, mostly women and children, were injured when Israel shelled the Beit Hanoun school," ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency.
"Body parts of children and women were scattered about inside the school," he said.
Al-Qodra said scores of Palestinian families displaced by fierce Israeli bombardments across the Gaza Strip – which continued unabated on Thursday – had taken refugee inside the ill-fated school.

  • Israeli officials have yet to comment on the incident.
Palestinian resistance faction Hamas, for its part, described the Israeli attack as a "massacre."
"Israel has committed a grisly war crime," the group said in a statement, going on to vow that the Israeli attacks would not go unpunished.
Since July 7, Israel has pummeled the Gaza Strip – from air, sea and land – with the ostensible aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.
One week ago, Israel stepped up its devastating offensive to include ground operations, sending thousands of troops into the embattled coastal enclave.
At least 745 Palestinians have been killed, mostly civilians, and more than 4500 injured in unrelenting Israeli attacks.
Thirty-two Israelis – 30 soldiers and two civilians – have also been confirmed killed by Palestinian resistance fighters since hostilities began on July 7.
Israel's operation "Protective Edge" is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populated Gaza Strip – home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years.
In 2008/9, over 1500 Palestinians were killed – the vast majority of them civilians – during Israel's three-week-long "Operation Cast Lead."
By Ola Attalah
englishnews@aa.com.tr
http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/364163--15-gazans-die-in-israeli-attack
24/7/14
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2 comments :

  1. Gaza UN school shelter hit, 'killing 15'...

    At least 15 people were killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza came under fire, Gazan health officials say.

    Palestinian families were in the school in Beit Hanoun, fleeing Israel's offensive against Hamas militants.

    In the past 16 days of fighting, more than 750 Palestinians and 33 Israelis have been killed, officials say.

    Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal told the BBC he wants a ceasefire and end to Israel's blockade as soon as possible.

    "We don't want to be controlled by a border crossing that makes Gaza the biggest prison in the world," Mr Meshaal, who lives in exile in Qatar, told BBC Hardtalk.

    "People cannot go for medical treatment or to work. Why are the people of Gaza being punished by a slow death in the world biggest prison. This is a crime."..............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28468526

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  2. El Ejército israelí bombardeó hoy una escuela de refugiados de la ONU en Beit Hanoun, en una escalada permanente del conflicto que, pese a los esfuerzos internacionales y a los pedidos de organizaciones humanitarias, no se detiene.....

    El vocero del UNRWA, Chris Gunness, aseguró que la agencia intentó dos veces coordinar una tregua para permitir la salida de los civiles de las escuelas pero Israel se negó y que el Ejército posee las coordenadas exactas de los centros de refugiados, que fueron entregadas formalmente por la UNRWA.

    Gunness destacó también que tres profesores fueron asesinados, marcando las primeras muertes entre los trabajadores de la agencia.

    "La pérdida de un colega es difícil de soportar. Perder a un colega en estas circunstancias es insoportable", tuiteó Gunnes.

    El Ejército israelí primero dio a entender que el ataque contra la escuela de la ONU podría haber sido lanzado por Hamas por error. Sin embargo, pocas horas después, la misma institución se adjudicó el ataque y lo justificó.

    "Hamas disparó cohetes desde la zona de Beit Hanoun, donde está ubicado el refugio de la UNRWA. Anoche el Ejército le dijo a la Cruz Roja que evacuaran a los civiles de allí (...). La UNRWA y la Cruz Roja recibieron el mensaje", según consignó en un comunicado, publicado luego en su cuenta oficial de Twitter.

    En el mismo texto, el Ejército desmintió no haber permitido la evacuación de los civiles.

    "Hamas no permitió que los civiles fueran evacuados del área durante la ventana (de tiempo) que les dimos", agregó.

    Por su parte, el secretario general de Naciones Unidas, Ban ki-Moon, dijo estar "horrorizado" por las muertes en la escuela de la UNRWA..............http://www.telam.com.ar/notas/201407/72212-israel-gaza-palestina.html

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