July 30, 2014 – Israel on Wednesday attacked a UN school sheltering homeless civilians killing at least 16 people in their sleep and injuring scores of others in overnight rocket attacks.
According to agencies the first rocket hit the school at the Jabaliya refugee camp while another rocket dropped as soon as civilians rushed to the scene to assist the wounded, forcing many to question why Israel opted to hit a UN school even when there are no traces of Hamas rockets in the area.
It was the second time in a week that a UN school sheltering hundreds of homeless Palestinians had been hit. Gaza death toll now stands at about 1,260. Health Ministry figures put the death toll in the morning attack to 35.
An official for UNRWA, the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, told the AFP news agency that the shelling hit a bathroom and two classrooms inside the girls’ school.
Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab, reporting from Gaza’s Kamal Adwan hospital, where many of the injured were brought, put the number of wounded at more than 90.
“As we were driving to the hospital, we saw families with many children leaving other UN schools. They feel insecure. There seem to be no safe shelter for them, not even in UN schools,” Aljazeera correspondent said.
At least 180,000 Palestinians have sought shelter in about 80 UNRWA schools, according to UN refugee agency.