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UN Shelter in Gaza Comes Under Fire

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:59:35 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- The United Nations body responsible for Palestinian refugees  -- UNRWA -- reported Thursday that one of its designated shelters in Northern Gaza was hit.

Initial reports suggest at least 15 Palestinian civilians were killed and scores more were injured.  

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said the explosion tore through the courtyard of a school in Beit Hanoun filled with Palestinian civilians waiting to obey evacuation orders.

Eyewitnesses blamed the bloodshed on an Israeli tank shell.

Gunness said Israel knew the coordinates of the school and had not granted his requests for safe passage.  

But the Israeli Army denied this. It said a Hamas rocket may have been responsible and it has opened an investigation.

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