FIFTEEN Palestinians Dead After Hamas Refuses to Allow Civilians to Escape Shelter
Today at least 15 people were killed and many wounded when Israeli forces shelled a UN-run school in northern Gaza.
UN Chief Ban Ki Moon condemned the attack.
The IDF said it was looking into the matter.
Last night the IDF told the Red Cross to evacuate civilians from the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun.
But Hamas refused to let the civilians leave the area.
The United Nations said, that palestinian civilians in densely populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel’s military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price. Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip. (Yahoo)
UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness tweeted that Hamas rockets were also falling on the compound.
Also being reported there were Hamas rockets falling in Beit Hanoun today RT
— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) July 24, 2014
The IDF Blog reported:
In recent days, Hamas has fired rockets from an area of Beit Hanoun where an UNRWA shelter is located. Last night, the Israel Defense Forces told the Red Cross to evacuate civilians from UNRWA’s shelter in Beit Hanoun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. UNRWA and the Red Cross received the message.
Hamas prevented civilians from evacuating the area during the window that the IDF gave them.
Today, July 24, Hamas continued firing from Beit Hanoun. The IDF responded by targeting the source of the fire. Also today, several rockets launched from Gaza toward Israel fell short and hit Beit Hanoun.