Many Civilians Killed (Again) at U.N. Shelter in Gaza

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July 30 2014 10:17 AM

Many Civilians Killed (Again) at U.N. Shelter in Gaza

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The aftermath of the attack.

Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters

At least 20 people were killed in a Gaza shelter today in what the U.N. says was at least the fifth time one of its facilities for Palestinian refugees has been hit by explosives in recent weeks. From the New York Times:

The strikes came in rapid succession. At around 5 a.m. Wednesday at a United Nations school at the Jabaliya refugee camp, where 3,300 Palestinians had taken refuge from the fierce fighting in their Gaza neighborhoods, what appeared to be four Israeli artillery shells hit the compound.
One hit the street in front of the entrance, according to several witnesses. Two others hit classrooms where people were sleeping.
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The Israeli military—which continues to deny responsibility for the deaths of 16 in a similar incident last week—acknowledged that it shot toward the "vicinity" of the Abu Hussein school, which is being used as a shelter, in response to militant fire.

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