Israel has bombed the United Nations school in Gaza that was set up as a refugee camp. As the international community has demanded a ceasefire, Israel has marched on killing more civilians.
The Palestinians have also launched a rocket attacks, one of which killed an infant Israeli.
The United Nations said 34 people died in the attack on the school. The school was being used as a refugee camp for hundreds of people in Gaza City. The missile landed in a courtyard late Monday.
The Associated Press reports:
“There’s nowhere safe in Gaza. Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized,” said John Ging, the top U.N. official in Gaza.
“I am appealing to political leaders here and in the region and the world to get their act together and stop this,” he said, speaking at Gaza’s largest hospital. “They are responsible for these deaths.”
The United Nations had provided the location coordinates to the Israeli army to avoid this kind of attack. There are no comments on this attack coming out of Israel. In the past the government has alleged that Hamas leaders and militants are using schools, mosques and neighbourhoods to store their weapons and launch attacks from.
Those at the school for their safety were evacuated to other places after the strike.
The United Nations is providing refugee camps in this densely populated area to try to protect civilians. The Guardian reports:
Adnan Abu Hasna is an official with the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency who visited several of the schools yesterday. “I found hundreds of people are fleeing their homes just in the Jabaliya area. There’s a lot of fear, a lot of panic. You can see it with the children too,” he said. “We are talking about Gaza as a very tiny area. Where do they go? We are talking about very poor areas. People arrive without anything. We are providing them with mattresses, blankets and certain amounts of food. We try and give families privacy where the schools are not too crowded. But there are huge numbers coming in some areas.”
Of the 500 people killed in the Gaza Strip, over 100 have been civilians.
Nine Israelis have died since the conflict began.