Another horrific day in Gaza

06 June 2024
Another horrific day in Gaza. Another UNRWA school turned shelter attacked. This time in Nuseirat, Middle Areas.

From Philippe Lazzarini, the UNRWA Commissioner-General as posted on his official X account (previously known as Twitter)

 

Another horrific day in #Gaza.

Another @UNRWA school turned shelter attacked. This time in Nuseirat, in the Middle Areas, hit overnight by the Israeli Forces without prior warning to the displaced or @UNRWA.

At least 35 people were killed and many more injured.

The school was sheltering 6,000 displaced people when it was hit.

Claims that armed groups may have been inside the shelter are shocking. We are however unable to verify these claims.

Attacking, targeting or using UN buildings for military purposes are a blatant disregard of International Humanitarian law. @UN staff, premises and operations must be protected at all times.

Since the war in #Gaza began, over 180 @UNRWA buildings were hit and more than 450 displaced people were killed as a result.

@UNRWA shares the coordinates of all its facilities (including this school) with the Israeli Army and other parties to the conflict.
 
Targeting @UN premises or using them for military purposes cannot become the new norm.
 
This must stop + all those responsible must be held accountable.
 
 
 
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