Scores Killed In Israeli Strikes on UNRWA Shelters in Gaza

Israel bombed UNRWA schoold sheltering thousands of displaced Palestinians. (Photo: via a)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Several Palestinians have been killed in Israeli bombings of three schools facilitated by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip, in the past 24 hours. 

According to Al Jazeera, the UNRWA-run Abu Hussein School in the northern Jabaliya refugee camp which housed displaced families was bombed, leaving several dead and wounded.

In the east of Gaza City, the Al Daraj School, also affiliated to UNRWA was bombed, killing several displaced Palestinians.

In what is reported to be the third incident of an attack on a UNRWA facility, Al Jazeera aired a video that shows the moment Israeli forces blew up a school building in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. Soldiers can be heard and seen cheering at the end of the video.  

Philippe Lazzarini, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, confirmed seeing “videos of an UNRWA school in northern Gaza blown up,” calling it “outrageous.”

“All public facilities, including schools are protected under international law,” he said in a post on X.

He added that “Parties to this brutal war have the coordinates of all our facilities in Gaza.”

As of December 11, UNRWA says nearly 1.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) were sheltering in 155 UNRWA facilities across the Gaza Strip. 

The UN body estimates, in its latest report, that in total at least 287 displaced persons sheltering in UNRWA facilities have been killed and at least 997 injured since the start of the hostilities in Gaza. 

At the same time, 154 incidents impacting UNRWA premises and the people inside them have been reported, some with multiple incidents impacting the same location.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 18,412 Palestinians have been killed and more than 50,000 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7. Palestinian and international estimates say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

(Palestine Chronicle, AJ)

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