UN shelter in Gaza ‘struck by Israeli shells’

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Gaza health ministry says Israeli shells killed at least 15 people and injured 200 in a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun.


At least 15 people have been reported killed and 200 injured when shells hit a UN school in northern Gaza which was being used as a shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent Nicole Johnston, reporting from Gaza, said the school in Beit Hanoun came under fire on Thursday. She said sources had told Al Jazeera that up to 30 people had been killed in the bombardment.

The Gaza health ministry told Reuters that Israeli fire had killed at least 15, and 200 injured.

An Israeli military source however told Al Jazeera that Palestinian rocket fire had been detected in the area and that the rocket fire might have fallen short and hit the shelter.

In an interview with Al Jazeera Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNRWA, the UN’s humanitarian organisation in Gaza, said his organisation had been in contact with Israeli forces as fighting closed in on the shelter.

“We gave the Israelis the precise GPS coordinates of the Beit Hanoun shelter. We were trying to coordinate a window [for evacuation] and that was never granted.”
He said he could neither confirm nor deny that Hamas fighters were near the building, but said Israel and Hamas “must respect the inviolability of UN premises, and humanitarian law”.

He called the attack “tragic and appalling”.

Robert Turner, the director for UNRWA told Al Jazeera there was no warning from the Israelis before the shells landed.

“This is a designated emergency shelter. The location was conveyed to the Israelis,” he said.

“This was an installation we were managing, that was monitored [to ensure] that our neutrality was maintained.”

“We always call on all parties to ensure that civilians are not harmed.”

Israel has attacked UN schools before, saying that they were being used as safe havens for the armed Palestinians.

The UN has also previously criticised the Palestinian groups for using UN schools to hide fighters and weapons.

A witness who arrived at the Kamal Adwan hospital after the bombardment told Al Jazeera: “We were sitting in the school, because we were told it is safe.

“By God, there was not a single fighter, not a single shot was fired from the school. Why did they shoot at the school?  Why? Can someone explain that to me?  Why would they shell the school?”

Thursday’s strike is the fourth time a UN facility has been hit in the 17 days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza.

At least 730 Palestinians have been killed and more than 4,500 injured in Israeli assault.

Two Israeli civilians have been killed by fire from Gaza since the offensive began.

The total number of Israeli soldiers killed since the start of the military assault stands at 32. One more soldier has been listed as missing and is believed to be dead.


  1. Mirah Riben said,

    July 24, 2014 at 17:36

    Makes me ashamed to be Jewish

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  4. Mirah Riben said,

    July 25, 2014 at 02:54

    So now they’re denying it was them and blaming Hamas.

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