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Fresh Israeli shelling kills 10 in UN shelter for displaced in Rafah
Published Sunday 03/08/2014 (updated) 03/08/2014 20:21
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The scene at the school after the shelling. (MaanImages)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- 10 Palestinians were killed on Sunday after Israeli shells hit a UN school in Rafah where thousands of people were sheltering from the ongoing Israeli offensive.

At least 30 were injured in the strike, according to Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra.

Chris Gunness, spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, said the school had been housing thousands of internally displaced people who had been forced to flee their homes by the ongoing violence in Gaza.

"Shelling incident in vicinity of UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering almost 3,000 IDP. Initial reports say multiple deaths and injury," he wrote on his Twitter feed.

The strikes brought Sunday morning's death toll in Gaza to 50, as Israeli forces have pounded the besieged coastal enclave relentlessly by land, sea, and air. More than 1,752 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 10,000 injured since Israel launched its assault.

The deaths on Sunday include 10 members of the Al-Ghoul family in the Tel al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah, killed in a strike on their home.

Members of the Al-Ghoul family

Two of the Al-Ghoul children

Israel has shelled UN shelters for the displaced at least six times so far since the conflict began four weeks ago, killing dozens.

The UN has condemned the strikes repeatedly, highlighting that they have given the exact coordinates of each shelter to Israeli officials repeatedly in order to ensure that civilians taking shelter are kept safe.

Israel, meanwhile, charges that Palestinian militants have in the past launched rockets from near the shelters.

Over the course of the 27-day Israeli assault, a quarter of all Gazans -- more than 475,000 people -- have been displaced.

Israel has kept all borders shut with Egyptian help, however, meaning that the displaced have been unable to escape the assault and instead must shelter within the Strip.

More than 259,000 of the displaced have taken shelter in UN shelters, according to the UN. An average of 2,800 people were sheltering in each shelter, the UN said, even though they normally only have the capacity to hold 500.

As of mid-last week, Israeli forces had destroyed more than 5,000 homes and partially damaged more than 27,000.

Israel began heavily assaulting Rafah after fighting with Hamas forces broke out there Friday, and medical authorities said they killed more than 110 in a 24-hour period of intense shelling on the eastern neighborhoods of the city.

AFP contributed to this report.
1 ) farad naz / Britain
03/08/2014 12:15
My prayers are with palestine.Allah swt ease their pain and give those people strength ameen. We are living in a world where we don't think to ourselves than one day we will die. Yes you must never forget that our only destination is the hereafter and this world is nothing. We will return to Allah swt that is our end and taking with us our deeds in this world.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
03/08/2014 12:31
Need interntional investigation into Hamas use of UNRWA facilities for military purposes. Need to uncover if there was complicity from UNRWA workers. Need to have war crimes investigation of Hamas military use of civilian facilities and use of civilians as human shields.

3 ) hate Israhelli / USA
03/08/2014 12:42
This is unfair. ..breaking laws and getting away with it...thanks USA...you guys have innocent blood on your hands! !! May Allah help the innocent Palestinians civilians inshAllah! !!! I can't wait for karma Israhelli. ..

4 ) Arafat / Germany
03/08/2014 12:59

5 ) Maureen / Australia
03/08/2014 12:59
Obviously Israel's intention is to kill as many innocent children as possible.

6 ) Mahmood Randeree / South Africa
03/08/2014 15:50
We condemn the murderous atrocities perpetrated against the innocent Palestinian people of Gaza. Our hearts go out to the children and all those who suffer in the holocaust unleashed by the government of Israel. May the Israeli government that supported Apartheid in South Africa be finally brought to justice, most recently, for the random massacre of women and children in Gaza.

7 ) Yishai Kohen / ISRAEL
03/08/2014 15:59
Using schools, mosques, and homes as firing positions, weapons caches, command and control centers. and so on causes them to lose their status as civilian structures; and it endangers all civilians within. Every resulting death is on Hamas' heads; legally and morally.

8 ) JoeFattal / USA
03/08/2014 17:00
Israel is inflicting that many civilian casualties to pressure not Hamas for an unconditional ceasefire but another country in the region to get involve in the war so Israel can get themselves out of inflicting so many civilian casualties in Gaza. So it wont look that Israel was targeting mostly civilian in Gaza. They have done it before in Beirut and no one came in their fighting with Hezbollah and Hezbollah did emerge the winner. Hamas going to win if no foreign State get involve.

9 ) jootoo / UK
03/08/2014 17:13
According to the BBC who sent a correspondent to view the damage to the street outside the school, it did not actually ''hit'' the school at all. But do not let semantics get in the way of a story.Our hearts and minds are with the Arab people in Gaza, for their poor decision when voting and supporting Hamas into political and military power.

10 ) Yacko Pate / Belgium
03/08/2014 17:23
Are the people of Gaza, not protected by concrete shelters and air-raid warning systems in Gaza?

11 ) Harold Hargreaves / Canada
03/08/2014 17:28
The shell hit near the entrance of the UN run school. It did not ''hit a UN school in Rafah''. But who actually cares, about a little more dis-information.

12 ) Cheech / Colombia
03/08/2014 17:37
The security of Israeli citizens is paramount. It's a great shame neither Hamas or the Palestinian Authority are not condemned, for not protecting their own Arab woman and children.

13 ) Riddett Adams / Ireland
03/08/2014 17:52
Hamas did not build a “subway” system for Gaza residents. They built an infrastructure for one purpose, and one only, an industry of death. Israeli military officials reported that the tunnels are stocked with tranquilizers, handcuffs, syringes, ropes and other materials used for subduing abductees, civilians and soldiers. The tunnels also had fantastic quantities of explosives and additional military materiel meant to be used in the up-coming mega attack, on the Jewish New Year Sept 24

14 ) Arab lover / Germany
03/08/2014 17:55
Everyone in Gaza, knew that beneath Gaza, the City and all of its environs, a network of tunnels was being dug over the past five years, with an investment of tens of millions of dollars. Yet no one in Israel, public or military, was prepared for the scope of the tunnels – the danger that became clear in the past week or two. In order to create this monstrosity, Hamas needed significant professional help; and this help had to have come from a large organization or state entity.

15 ) Adela / Australia
03/08/2014 18:06
PLEASE. Netanyahu can you Please stop the bombing, it's plain to see its massacre Of humanity!!!! Do you have a family? Have a heart please !! You creating more Hatred amongst poor Palestinians.. Hamas is not hiding. Behind human shields,we know it's all a lie... Obama please intervene.. Palestinians need HELP!!!!

16 ) Uzair Ahmed / England
03/08/2014 18:19
Israel is a terror state which has no right to exist.

17 ) Spiros Arion / Australia
05/08/2014 13:23
The year is 2014. Never in my wildest dreams growing up did I envisage such atrocities to be committed in this day and age. This is a disgrace not just on Israel, but on the Human Race as a whole by just watching.

18 ) Ray Martinez / USA
05/08/2014 22:28
Stop killing the innocent!!
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