‘At least 50 killed’ in Israeli airstrike on UN-run college

  • The college in a refugee camp was housing Palestinians displaced by the warfare 

At least 50 folks have been killed in an Israeli airstrike on a college in Gaza, the Palestinian well being ministry official has confirmed.

Shocking video appeared to point out the aftermath of the assault on al-Fakhura, a United Nations-run college which had been transformed right into a shelter for displaced Palestinians.

Bodies had been seen lifeless on the bottom, mendacity in what seemed to be swimming pools of blood and rubble amid beds and private belongings crammed into the stairwells and mattresses wedged beneath college tables.

Individuals together with kids had been seen strolling across the website in footage shared by Al Jazeera immediately.

Denouncing the ‘horrifying photographs and pictures of scores of individuals killed and injured’ within the college, UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini mentioned such assaults ‘can not turn out to be commonplace, they need to cease’. 

At least 32 folks had been killed in a separate assault on one other constructing within the refugee camp throughout in a single day strikes.

Video purported to show the victims of an Israeli air strike on a school in a refugee camp

Video purported to point out the victims of an Israeli air strike on a college in a refugee camp

Rubble lined the corridors of the UN school after the attack on November 18, 2023

Rubble lined the corridors of the UN college after the assault on November 18, 2023

The school had been converted into a shelter for displaced Palestinians

The college had been transformed right into a shelter for displaced Palestinians

Al Jazeera’s Tareq Abu Azzoum, talking from Gaza, mentioned that ‘tons of of individuals [were] taking shelter inside this college’.

More than 80 folks had been killed in whole throughout twin strikes on the Jabalia refugee camp, a well being ministry official within the Gaza Strip mentioned immediately. 

Jabalia, within the northern Gaza Strip, is the largest refugee camp within the Palestinian territory, the place some 1.6 million have been displaced by greater than six weeks of combating between Israel and Hamas.

Many have taken refuge in faculties and hospitals afforded particular protections beneath the principles of warfare. But packed into one of many world’s most densely-populated city areas, many civilians have been caught in Israeli bombing. 

Earlier this month, the well being ministry mentioned 15 folks had been killed by a strike on the similar college. 

UNRWA mentioned 4 of its faculties within the Gaza Strip housing folks displaced by the warfare had been broken by bombings.

A separate strike on one other constructing within the Jabalia camp on Saturday killed 32 folks from the identical household, 19 of them kids, the well being ministry reported.

At the beginning of November, the Hamas authorities mentioned greater than 200 folks had been killed and tons of extra wounded in three straight days of Israeli bombardment of Jabalia. 

The Israeli military didn’t particularly touch upon the strikes however in an announcement mentioned its troops had been increasing operations within the Gaza Strip, together with in elements of Jabalia, to ‘goal terrorists and strike Hamas infrastructure’.

The first plane-load of Palestinian kids wounded within the battle reached the United Arab Emirates immediately, a part of a pledged aid effort by the nation to help 1,000 kids.

The group of 15 folks, together with kids and their households, made it throughout the Gaza Strip’s Rafah border crossing with Egypt on Friday – a uncommon rest of the strict laws controlling the move of individuals south out of Gaza.

They then took a flight to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates.

Israel has mounted sustained strikes because it vows to destroy Hamas, the de facto authority governing Gaza, in response to the October 7 assaults which Israeli officers say killed about 1,200 folks.

Most of these killed within the bloodbath had been civilians, and about 240 folks had been taken hostage.

Israel’s air and floor marketing campaign since has killed 12,000 folks, together with 5,000 kids, in accordance with the Hamas authorities which has dominated Gaza since 2007.

Untold have additionally been affected by a sustained siege of the Gaza Strip, limiting important assets out and in since October 9. 

Mourners hold the bodies of people killed in strikes on the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza, November 18

Mourners maintain the our bodies of individuals killed in strikes on the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza, November 18 

Bodies are laid out in Jabalia following Israeli airstrikes on the refugee camp on November 18

Bodies are specified by Jabalia following Israeli airstrikes on the refugee camp on November 18

Palestinian children, injured in Israeli attacks on the city of Jabalia, Gaza are seen at Indonesia Hospital where they brought for treatment on November 15, 2023

Palestinian kids, injured in Israeli assaults on town of Jabalia, Gaza are seen at Indonesia Hospital the place they introduced for therapy on November 15, 2023

An Israeli armoured vehicle rolling past Palestinians fleeing Gaza City, November 18, 2023

An Israeli armoured automobile rolling previous Palestinians fleeing Gaza City, November 18, 2023

The information got here as tons of of civilians and well being employees had been urged to flee Gaza‘s largest hospital on foot immediately.

Health officers in Gaza mentioned 450 sufferers had been left behind on the al-Shifa hospital following repeat warnings the sick and wounded wouldn’t be capable to escape.

Al-Shifa hospital has turn out to be the main target of the Israel-Hamas warfare, now getting into its seventh week, as Israel closes in on what it says is a façade for a Hamas stronghold – claims the hospital and Hamas deny.

Hospital director Mohammed Abu Salmiya mentioned Israeli troops had informed him to make sure the ‘evacuation of sufferers, wounded, the displaced and medical employees’ as they swept by means of the location.

But with the Gaza City devastated by weeks of fixed bombardment, the one indication was for civilians to maneuver ‘in direction of the seafront’.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz informed Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday there was an ‘pressing want’ to ease the humanitarian disaster in Gaza, the place Israeli forces have vowed to destroy the Hamas militant group.

Scholz ‘underscored the pressing want to enhance the humanitarian state of affairs for residents within the Gaza Strip,’ his workplace mentioned in an announcement after a name between the 2 leaders. 

‘Humanitarian ceasefires may contribute to a major enchancment in take care of the inhabitants,’ Scholz added.