Over 40 Palestinians were killed and over 50 injured following shelling near an UNRWA school in Jabalia Camp on the afternoon of Tuesday 6 January 2009. Israel maintains that it was responding to rocket fire from Palestinian militants who were hiding inside the school compound.
Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson
8 Jan 2009
"I have been authorised to say that in private briefings with diplomats, the Israeli army has admitted that the rockets from Jabalia (two days ago) came from outside the UNRWA school compound, not from inside it. Therefore the allegations against a neutral UN human development organization were entirely baseless. This increases pressure for an independent investigation. "