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Nearly 30 dead after an Israeli attack on a school in the Jabalia refugee camp

Around 30 people have died and dozens have been injured in a new attack carried out by the Israeli Army against the Jabalia refugee camp, the largest in the Gaza Strip, which on this occasion has hit an agency school.

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Nearly 30 dead after an Israeli attack on a school in the Jabalia refugee camp

Around 30 people have died and dozens have been injured in a new attack carried out by the Israeli Army against the Jabalia refugee camp, the largest in the Gaza Strip, which on this occasion has hit an agency school. the UN for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA).

According to information from the Palestinian news agency WAFA, at least 27 people have died in the attack on this center, which the Maan agency has identified as a UNRWA facility, while two other people have died after a vehicle was hit in the same camp. The Israeli Army has not yet commented on the bombing.

Subsequently, UNRWA has reported that in just 24 hours four of its shelters have been hit by Israeli missiles, including this school, in which at least 20 people have died, according to its estimates. In turn, it has reported a deceased child in the Beach refugee camp.

Further south, says UNRWA commissioner Philippe Lazzarini, in the Al Bureij camp, two schools converted into shelters have been attacked. Two people have reportedly died and 31 have been injured. These places, he points out, housed almost 20,000 people in total.

"Throughout the Gaza Strip, these places should be a safe haven under the United Nations flag. International Humanitarian Law leaves no doubt that civilians and civilian facilities must be protected," he claimed.

Lazzarini has estimated that almost fifty UNRWA facilities have been affected since the start of the war on October 7, including buildings that are being used as shelters and where some 700,000 people are currently sheltered, of which 112,000 are in the north of Loop.

UNRWA indicated on Wednesday that so far the death of 72 of its workers has been confirmed in Gaza, where Lazzarini paid a visit, who stressed that each day "becomes grimmer" as his colleagues continue to die, and has highlighted that the agency will stay in Gaza to "stand" alongside the Palestinian refugees and the rest of their communities.

The organization indicated this Thursday that around 690,000 internally displaced people are taking refuge in 149 UNRWA facilities. "Our shelters are four times over capacity and overcrowding conditions continue to create serious health and protection concerns," he said in a message on his account on the social network X.

For their part, the authorities of the Strip, controlled by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), have indicated this Thursday that 195 people died in the two bombings carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday by the Israeli Army against the refugee camp. , which also left 777 injured and 120 missing under the rubble, so it is not ruled out that the death toll could increase in the coming hours.

The Israeli Army said after Tuesday's bombing that the attack had resulted in the death of "about 50 terrorists," including the commander of Hamas' Central Jabalia Battalion, Ibrahim Biari, "one of the leaders" of the attacks. executed on October 7 by the Islamist group, while acknowledging that it had caused an unspecified number of civilian victims.

Israel launched a military offensive that has included ground operations for days in response to the attacks carried out on October 7 by Hamas, which left nearly 1,400 dead and more than 240 kidnapped, according to reports provided by the Israeli authorities.

The authorities of the Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas, have raised the death toll from Israel's offensive to more than 9,000 this Thursday, while the Palestinian Authority has reported more than 130 deaths in security force operations and attacks. by settlers since October 7.