Israel Targets Gaza UN School, Claims Hamas Base; At Least 32 Shelter Seekers Killed

Israel has once again targeted the school, claiming that it is where Hamas terrorists are located. This time it was a United Nations school, and the bombing killed at least 27 civilians who sought refuge and safety in the school

by Sededin Dedovic
Israel Targets Gaza UN School, Claims Hamas Base; At Least 32 Shelter Seekers Killed
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Israel today targeted a school in Gaza, claiming it housed a Hamas base, while Palestinian media reported that at least 32 people seeking shelter there were killed in the attack. Ismail Al-Tavabta, director of the government media office run by Hamas, dismissed Israel's claims that the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) school in Nuseirat, central Gaza, was a shelter for a Hamas base, Reuters reports.

"The occupiers are lying to the public with fabricated stories to justify the brutal crime committed against dozens of displaced people," Tavabta told Reuters. The Israeli military stated that before the Israeli fighter jet attack, steps were taken to minimize the risk of civilian injury.

The attack followed Israel's announcement of a new military campaign in central Gaza as it battles a group of fighters relying on "hit-and-run" insurgent tactics. Israel said it would not cease fighting during ceasefire negotiations.

Palestinians could literally die of hunger

United Nations agencies, the World Food Program, and the Food and Agriculture Organization stated in a joint report that hunger is worsening due to significant restrictions on access to humanitarian aid and the collapse of the local food distribution system since the start of the Hamas-Israel war.

They also noted that the situation remains dire in northern Gaza, which Israel has occupied and isolated. Israel recently allowed the opening of land crossings in the north, but only a few dozen aid trucks enter daily for hundreds of thousands of people.

The Israeli military incursion into Rafah, meanwhile, has severely disrupted aid operations in the south. Egypt has refused to open its Rafah crossing with Gaza since Israeli forces took over the Palestinian side nearly a month ago and is instead redirecting aid to the nearby Israeli Kerem Shalom crossing.

According to the UN scale for determining hunger levels, in March, about 677,000 people in Gaza were in the fifth phase of hunger, the highest level. UN agencies stated in a joint report released today that this number could exceed one million, nearly half of Gaza's total population of 2.3 million.