U.N. criticizes Israel over attack on Gaza shelter

Jul 30, 2014, 7:04 AM EDT
Displaced Palestinian children play at an United Nations school in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, July 28, 2014.
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Israel launched a deadly attack on a UN school housing refugees in Gaza despite repeated warnings that civilians were sheltering there, the UN has said. UN spokesman Chris Gunness said "the world stands disgraced" by the attack, in which 15 were reported killed. The Israeli military said an initial inquiry suggested soldiers responded after militants had fired mortar shells "from the vicinity of the [UN] school". Some 1,200 Palestinians and 55 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. Most of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians. Some 53 Israeli soldiers have been killed along with two civilians. A Thai worker in Israel has also died.

Background:

Gaza conflict: U.N. accuses Israel over Jabaliya attack [BBC]

Deadly Israeli shelling hits Gaza U.N. school [Aljazeera]

At least 43 Palestinians killed as Israel maintains pressure on Gaza [Reuters]

 

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