GAZA CITY – For the seventh time, Israel attacked a UN school sheltering Gaza refugees on Sunday, August 3, leaving at least 10 killed and 30 injured a few days after shelling another UN school in which dozens of civilians were killed.
“We can confirm, tragically again, multiple deaths, multiple injuries,” United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, spokesman Chris Gunness told Al-Jazeera on Sunday, August 3.
“It's an appallingly unacceptable situation. We are an unarmed organization.”
On Sunday's morning an airstrike hit the entrance of a UN school in Rafah, where 3,000 people were seeking refugee, leaving an eight-meter deep hole at the school gate.
Most of the targeted school refugees were from the east of Rafah city that has been frequently shelled since Friday, August 1, with reports of more than 100 killed.
“It is believed that there was an air strike that hit outside the gate of an UNRWA school, a designated shelter for at least 3,000 displaced residents,” Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza, was quoted by The Guardian newspapers.
“There were multiple dead and injuries inside and outside the school, including an UNRWA staffer.”
Moreover, an Israeli overnight strikes on Sunday killed at least 38 people in Gaza, mostly in Rafah according to health ministry.
Sunday's attacks in Gaza came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vows to continue the military operation “until this goal is reached no matter how much time it takes”.
Israel has been launching relentless airstrikes against Gaza since July 8 where 1,726 have been killed and thousands injured.
Israel occupation forces started a ground invasion of besieged Gaza, home to two millions civilian, on Thursday, July 17.
According to the UN aid agency for Palestinians (UNRWA), the large scale of mass destruction in Gaza has left about 1,255 home severely damaged, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes that were caught up in the Israeli air strikes.
According to the UN the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), about 10% of Gaza Population, 204,000 people, are sheltering in UNRWA 82 schools.