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Strike on Gaza school 'kills 40'
by BBC (reposted)
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 8:03 AM
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 : At least 40 people have been killed in an Israeli air strike on a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources have said.
A number of children were among those who died when the al-Fakhura school in the Jabaliya refugee camp took a direct hit, doctors at nearby hospitals said.

People inside had been taking refuge from the Israeli ground offensive.

Earlier, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned of a "full-blown humanitarian crisis" in Gaza.

Speaking on the 11th day of the Israeli assault, a senior ICRC official, Pierre Kraehenbuhl, said life in Gaza had become intolerable.

Palestinian medical sources say up to 600 people have been killed since the attacks began, and Mr Kraehenbuhl said much more needed to be done to protect civilians.

At least 70 Palestinians were killed on Tuesday, while four Israeli soldiers were killed by fire from their own tanks.

'Horrific'

Witnesses said at least one Israeli missile had struck the al-Fakhura school on Tuesday afternoon, causing a large explosion and spraying shrapnel on people both inside and outside the building.

Hundreds of people had sought refuge inside the UN-run school in effort to escape the fighting between Israeli soldiers and militants on the outskirts of the refugee camp, to the east of Gaza City.

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JERUSALEM — Despite mounting diplomatic pressure to end its offensive in Gaza, Israel’s military onslaught unfolded for an 11th day on Tuesday amid unconfirmed reports that its ground troops were pushing further south through the beleaguered territory toward Khan Yunis, Gaza’s second city, and that its shells had hit a United Nations school where Palestinians were sheltering, killing scores.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/world/middleeast/07mideast.html?_r=1&hp
by reposted
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 8:43 AM
An Israeli missile struck near a U.N. school in northern Gaza on Tuesday, killing several people, Palestinian sources told CNN.

There are conflicting reports about the details of the strike, which comes after a U.N.-operated school in Gaza City was directly hit by an Israeli air strike on Monday night, according to United Nations Relief and Works Agency director John Ging.

Ging told CNN that he understood several tank shells landed outside the U.N.-operated school in Jabalya on Tuesday, killing 10 people outside the school and injuring three people inside.

The school was being used as a shelter for civilians fleeing the ongoing Israeli military operation in the Palestinian territory.

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http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/01/06/israel.gaza/index.html
by UK Independent (reposted)
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 9:29 AM
Israeli tank shells killed at least 40 Palestinians today at a UN school where civilians had taken shelter, medical officials said, in carnage likely to boost international calls for a halt to Israel's Gaza offensive.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was looking into information on the incident at al-Fakhora school in Jabalya refugee camp.

People cut down by shrapnel lay in pools of blood on the street. Witnesses said two Israeli tanks shells exploded outside the school, killing at least 40 civilians - Palestinians who had taken refuge there and residents of nearby buildings.

In a separate attack earlier in the day, three Palestinians were killed in an airstrike on another school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

The deaths raised to 75 the number of Palestinian civilians killed on Tuesday alone, according to medical officials.

They said four militants also were killed in fighting during the day and put the total Palestinian death toll since Israel began the offensive on 19 December at 629.

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by the real truth
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 12:47 PM
The truth about this masacre is that this school is way far from the fighting area, with no Palestinian fighters anywhere close to it, this school just as the other two schools attacked by air, was declared a civilian shelter for those civilians who's houses were destroyed by israeli bombardments and air strikes. the Israelis were notified in advance by the UN of this fact. but as usual the Israelis are only concerned about inflicting the most possible number of casualties even if this means attacking unarmed innocent children. This was no incident since the Israeli fighter planes are carriying the most sofisticated and precise American made misiles, they new exactly what they were attacking. I urg anyone who wants to make any coments or write about this conflict to please look for the truth before publishing anything.
by ninjaDude
Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009 2:30 PM
What is utterly obvious here, is that Israel considers the lives of these innocents less valuable than the dismantling of the Hamas apparatus. So what if children are being used as "human shields"? I could never hurt, let alone kill, a child, no matter how badly I wished to hurt the person behind them. Using innocents as human shields is wrong. Killing innocents that have been used as human shields is even worse. This is why Israel will never have the peace they desire. This is why Israel cannot claim any moral high ground. This is why the U.S. should not support Israel's actions.