Palestinian civilians and medics run to safety during an Israeli strike over a UN school in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on Satuday 17 January.
John Ging (5th R), head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) operations in Gaza, visits a U.N.-run school in the northern Gaza Strip January 17, 2009. Israeli tank fire killed two boys at a U.N.-run school in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, a U.N. official said.Pictures by REUTERS
Jan 17, 2009
A United Nations official has condemned an Israeli shelling attack that struck a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip and killed two people.
Spokesman Chris Gunness said the school was crowded with 1,600 people who had sought shelter from Israel’s three-week offensive in Gaza.
It was latest incident in which Israeli fire aimed at militants has struck a UN facility during the offensive. Gunness says Israel had the coordinates of the school and knew it was being used as a shelter. He says there should be an investigation into possible war crimes, and that anyone who is guilty should be brought to justice.
The military was investigating the incident and had no immediate comment. But in similar cases, it has accused Hamas militants of staging attacks from schools, mosques and other civilian areas.
Source : the independent