UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Is­raeli tank shells hit a com­pound hous­ing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thurs­day, killing at least 15 peo­ple and wound­ing dozens who were seek­ing shel­ter from fierce clashes on the streets out­side, Pales­tinian of­fi­cials said, as Is­rael pressed for­ward with its 17-day war against the ter­ri­tory's Hamas rulers.

The U.N. said the strike oc­curred as staff mem­bers were try­ing to ar­range a hu­man­i­tar­ian pause in the hos­til­i­ties so they could evac­u­ate the civil­ians from the com­pound in the north­ern town of Beit Ha- noun. The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said it was re­view­ing the in­ci­dent and sug­gested Hamas rock­ets may have been to blame, al­though it of­fered no proof.

Kamel al-Ka­farne, who was in the school, said that the U.N. was putting peo­ple on buses when three tank shells hit.

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