Israeli forces target ‘Hamas compound’ in Gaza UN school, 39 killed

NEW DELHI: Israeli armed forces on Thursday targeted a school in Gaza resulting in the death of at least more that 30 people. Israeli armed forces said that it housed a Hamas compound and killed fighters involved in the October 7 attack that ignited the eight-month war.
However, Gaza media reported that at least 39 people seeking shelter at the school were killed in the strike.
Ismail Al-Thawabta, director of the Hamas-run government media office, denied Israel’s allegations that the UN school in Nuseirat, central Gaza, concealed a Hamas command post.
“Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who belonged to the Nukhba Forces and took part in the murderous attack on communities in southern Israel on October 7 were operating in the compound,” it said.
“The terrorists directed terror from the area of the school while exploiting it and using it as a shelter.”
The Hamas media office reported that at least 39 people were killed and dozens injured in the strike, with the casualties taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. They accused the Israeli army of committing a “horrific massacre… that shames humanity.”
“Before the strike, a number of steps were taken to reduce the risk of harming uninvolved civilians during the strike, including conducting aerial surveillance, and additional intelligence information,” the Israeli military claimed.
The hospital experienced an electrical generator failure earlier in the night, complicating patient treatment. According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), prior to the strike, the hospital had already received at least 70 dead and more than 300 wounded since Tuesday, mostly women and children, due to Israeli strikes in central Gaza.
(With agency inputs)


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