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Israel strikes another UN school sheltering 3,000 Gaza refugees

The fighting on Sunday pushed the Gaza death toll given by Palestinian officials to 1,775, most of them civilians.

By: Reuters | Gaza/jerusalem | Published: August 4, 2014 2:14:26 am
A wounded Palestinian boy calls for help as people try to evacuate him from under the rubble of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Rafah on Sunday. (Source: Reuters) A wounded Palestinian boy calls for help as people try to evacuate him from under the rubble of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Rafah on Sunday. (Source: Reuters)

An Israeli air strike killed 10 people and wounded about 30 on Sunday in a UN-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said, as dozens died in Israeli shelling of the enclave and Hamas fired rockets at Israel.

The Israeli military said it was looking into the attack, the second to hit a school in less than a week.

And amid Hamas accusations that Israel had misled the world about the alleged capture of an Israeli soldier, the officer, Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, was buried on Sunday after the military said it recovered remains and that he was killed in action.

Goldin’s suspected abduction led to the collapse of a US- and UN-brokered ceasefire on Friday.

In the town of Rafah, where the military has been battling militants, a missile from an Israeli aircraft struck the entrance to the school, where Palestinians who had fled their homes were sheltering, witnesses and medics said.

Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza health ministry, said 10 people were killed and 30 wounded.

Robert Serry, UN Middle East Special Coordinator, said the  school had been sheltering 3,000 displaced persons and the strike caused multiple deaths and injuries.

“It is simply intolerable that another school has come under fire while designated to provide shelter for civilians fleeing the hostilities,” he said.

Last Wednesday, at least 15 Palestinians who sought refuge in a UN-run school in Jabalya refugee camp were killed during fighting, and the UN said Israeli artillery had apparently hit the building. The Israeli military said gunmen had fired mortar bombs from near the school and it shot back in response.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli shelling killed at least 30 people in Gaza, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to keep up pressure on Hamas even after the army completes its core mission of destroying a tunnel network used by Palestinian militants to attack Israel.

In Rafah, Fatah faction leader and local resident Ashraf Goma said locals were unable to deal with the casualties.

“Bodies of the wounded are bleeding in the streets and other corpses are laid on the road with no one able to recover them.

“I saw a man on a donkey cart bringing seven bodies into the hospital. Bodies are being kept in ice-cream refrigerators, in flower and vegetable coolers,” Goma told Reuters.

The Israeli army said that more than 55 rockets had been fired from Gaza at Israel on Sunday.

The fighting on Sunday pushed the Gaza death toll given by Palestinian officials to 1,775, most of them civilians. Israel has confirmed that 64 soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian rockets have also killed three civilians in Israel.

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