A United Nations school in the northern Gaza Strip, where hundreds of Palestinians were seeking refuge from Israeli bombing, was itself hit by missile strikes on Wednesday night, killing at least 16 people and wounding close to one hundred others.
“Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.” —Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA
“Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza,” said Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), in a statement. “Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.”
Krähenbühl voiced outrage over the behavior of the Israeli military, who he says was repeatedly given the coordinates of the school:
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The devastating strike came shortly after new promises by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—despite international calls for an end to the bombing—that his military forces are prepared for a “protracted” campaign and just hours after Gaza’s sole power plant—which provided the population’s main source of drinking water—was destroyed by Israeli missiles on Tuesday.
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