According to the Gaza Health Ministry, the current death toll stands at 1,867 people (429 of whom were children). Another 9,569 are injured (2,800 of whom are children). Over 303,000 traumatized children are in dire need of direct and specialized psychosocial support. Over 270,000 civilians have been displaced, and have been forced to take shelter in 90 UNRWA schools. Six UN facilities have already been bombed with impunity.
Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in Jabaliya Girls Elementary School in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said.
Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jabaliya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.
There were blood splattered floors and mattresses inside classrooms and survivors picked through shattered glass and debris for flesh and body parts to bury.
“Children, women and men killed & injured as they slept in place where they should have been safe and protected. They were not. Intolerable.” said UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl on Twitter, adding: “This is 6th time one of our @UNRWA schools has been struck. Our staff leading int'l response are being killed. This is a breaking point.”
(Photos: Finbarr O'Reilly / Mohammed Salem / Reuters)
Fool me once shame on you, twice shame on me, 3 times? I’m UNRWA
“In a related development, UNRWA said that a cache of rockets was found today at one of its schools in central Gaza. The discovery came during a regular UNRWA inspection of the school, which was closed for the summer and not being used as a shelter. All the relevant parties have been notified.
“We condemn the group or groups who endangered civilians by placing these munitions in our school,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness. “This is yet another flagrant violation of the neutrality of our premises. We call on all the warring parties to respect the inviolability of UN property.”