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Israel bombs UN school in Gaza

GAZA:  Israeli fire on Tuesday hit a UN school sheltering the displaced for the second time in two days, said the United Nations' Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA. “UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the shelling of one of its schools in the central area of Gaza,” it said in a statement. “The location of...

Reporting | - Posted: Jul 23, 2014 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
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Posted: Jul 23, 2014 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Israel bombs UN school in Gaza

GAZA:  Israeli fire on Tuesday hit a UN school sheltering the displaced for the second time in two days, said the United Nations' Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA.

“UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the shelling of one of its schools in the central area of Gaza,” it said in a statement.

“The location of the school and the fact that it was housing internally displaced persons had been formally communicated to Israel on three separate occasions. We have called on the Israeli authorities to carry out an immediate and comprehensive investigation.”

During the offensive, more than 100,000 Gazans have fled their homes, seeking shelter in 69 schools run by UNRWA.

Early Wednesday the Israeli military announced the deaths of two soldiers killed in the Gaza fighting the night before, bringing the Israeli toll to 29 soldiers and two civilians.

The army on Tuesday confirmed the death of a soldier who Hamas militants claimed they had kidnapped, but said his remains were unaccounted for.

Despite its rising body count, Israel said it would only halt its Gaza offensive after laying waste to a sophisticated network of tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks.

A ceasefire “won't happen before we really finish the tunnels project,” Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said.

She said Hamas's “completely unacceptable” preconditions for a truce had “no chance of being accepted by anyone”.

Hamas has laid out a list of demands for halting its fire, including a lifting of Israel's eight-year blockade on Gaza, the release of dozens of prisoners, and the opening of its Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

The European Union appealed to Israel to keep its military operation in Gaza “proportionate” and for “all sides to implement in good faith an immediate ceasefire,” a statement from a meeting of European foreign ministers in Brussels said.

It added that “All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm,” a comment welcomed by Israel. – AFP

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