Israel said Wednesday’s shelling and air strikes on Gaza targeted Islamist militants at dozens of sites across the enclave. The United Nations said one of the places hit was this school it runs in Jabalya where people had taken refuge.
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency says 3,000 people were sheltering inside. At least 19 were killed.
The United Nations Agency says about 125 more have been wounded.
The school in the Jabalya refugee camp came under fire around dawn. Jabalya is the largest refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Its 120,000 population has been swelled by more Palestinians trying to escape the latest eruption of fighting between Israeli forces and militant groups.
The U.N said on Tuesday it had found a cache of rockets at one of its Gaza schools. The U.N. is not placing blame on any particular party but condemned those who it said had endangered civilians by putting them there.
Israeli Defense Forces Show Tunnel Destruction
The Israeli Defense Forces state, “Construction materials meant for Palestinians routinely enter Gaza from Israel. To be exact, 4,680 trucks carrying 181 thousand tons of gravel, iron, cement, wood and other supplies have passed through the Kerem Shalom crossing since the beginning of 2014.
“Imagine what Hamas could build with these resources instead of tunnels. Hundreds of homes and civilian structures for the residents of Gaza go unbuilt while the underground terror network continues to expand”.
New video released by the Israeli Defence Force shows what it says is the discovery and destruction of tunnel used by Gaza militants. The tunnel’s said be be in northern Gaza. The video can’t be independently verified.
The same video shows Israeli troops entering a house where they find concealed rocket launchers.
The footage was released on July 29th July, the day Israel launched one of its heaviest bombardments of Gaza since the conflict began three weeks earlier.
Health officials said at least 85 Palestinians died. Local hospital staff put the total number of Palestinian dead at around 1,200, most of them civilians. Israel has lost 53 soldiers and three civilians.
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