Date
18 October 2017
People gather near a UN-run school in Gaza on Sunday as an Israeli airstrike claimed more civilian lives. Photo: Reuters
People gather near a UN-run school in Gaza on Sunday as an Israeli airstrike claimed more civilian lives. Photo: Reuters

Another UN-run school hit in Gaza airstrike

An Israeli air strike killed 10 people and wounded about 30 in a UN-run school in Gaza on Sunday as the nearly four-week-old conflict with Hamas continued to take more Palestinian civilian lives.

It marked the second strike on a school in less than a week, prompting harsh criticism from world leaders and the United Nations. 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the attack as a “moral outrage and a criminal act” and called for those responsible for the “gross violation of international humanitarian law” to be held accountable, Reuters reported.

Washington said it was “appalled” by Sunday’s “disgraceful shelling” and urged Israel to do more to prevent civilian casualties. 

The Israeli military said it had “targeted three Islamic Jihad terrorists on board a motorcycle in the vicinity of an UNRWA school in Rafah”.

Islamic Jihad did not report any of its militants killed or injured in the incident. A Palestinian health official said all those wounded or killed were from inside the school.

An Israeli soldier’s suspected abduction led to the collapse of a US and UN-brokered ceasefire on Friday. 

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meanwhile, urged Israel and Hamas to stop the ongoing fighting. The minister, who began a two-day visit to Cairo on Saturday, raised a five- point proposal on ceasefire in Gaza.

“All movements including airstrikes, ground offensive and launches of rockets should be stopped. Any abuse of force that caused deaths of civilians is unacceptable,” Wang was quoted as saying at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukry.

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