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Israeli air strike on UN-run school kills at least 10 people, wounds 30

Published on Aug 3, 2014 7:05 PM
 

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed at least 10 people and wounded about 30 others on Sunday in a United Nations-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said, as dozens died in Israeli shelling of the enclave and Hamas fired rockets at Israel. The Israeli military said it was looking into the reported attack, the second to hit a school in less than a week.

In the town of Rafah, where the military has been battling militants, a missile from an Israeli aircraft struck the entrance to the school, where Palestinians who had fled their homes were sheltering, witnesses and medics said.

Mr Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, said 10 people were killed and 30 wounded. Mr Adnan Abu Hasna, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, said: "It is believed that there was an air strike that hit outside the gate of an UNRWA school, a designated shelter for at least 3,000 displaced residents."

"There were multiple dead and injuries inside and outside the school, including an UNRWA staffer," he added.

Palestinians carry a wounded man following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike at a United Nations-run school, where displaced Palestinians take refuge, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 3, 2014. An Israeli air strike killed at least 10 people and wounded about 30 others on Sunday in a United Nations-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said, as dozens died in Israeli shelling of the enclave and Hamas fired rockets at Israel. The Israeli military said it was looking into the reported attack, the second to hit a school in less than a week. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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