15 Palestinians killed in shelling of U.N. school

At least 15 Palestinians were killed in shelling on a United Nations school in the Jabaliya refugee camp, which is serving as a shelter for Gazans displaced from their homes in the current conflict.

The shelling took place early July 30 on the school in Gaza City, where 3,300 people had taken shelter, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. It is the sixth time that a U.N. school has been hit in the current conflict, according to the UNRWA.

Israel Defense Forces spokespersons have told reporters that initial reports show that Israeli soldiers came under fire from the area of the school and fired mortar shells back at the source of the attack.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzahi Hanegbi said Israel has ample evidence that Hamas is using UNRWA schools and facilities for terrorist purposes, noting that on three occasions UNRWA itself has admitted that rockets were hidden in the basement of their facilities.

“Instead of blaming and condemning Israel, UNRWA should make a real effort to stop being manipulated and used by the terrorist organizations,” Hanegbi said at a July 30 press conference.

The Palestinian death toll in Israel’s 23-day operation in Gaza stood at nearly 1,300 as of July 30, according to Gaza’s health ministry. — jta