UN says 'significant' deaths in strike on one of its Gaza compounds

AFP , Sunday 12 Nov 2023

The United Nations said several people have been killed and wounded in Israeli strikes on a UN facility in Gaza City, where hundreds of Palestinians have taken refuge to escape the war.

Israeli bombing in Gaza Strip
A car bearing the United Nations (UN) logo drives past rubble in the aftermath of Israeli bombing in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 31, 2023. AFP


"The shelling has reportedly resulted in a significant number of deaths and injuries," the United Nations Development Programme said in a statement issued late Saturday.

"The ongoing tragedy of death and injury to civilians ensnared in this conflict is unacceptable and must stop."

In a separate incident, AFPTV footage showed a crater in the middle of a compound of a school run by the UN agency for supporting Palestinians (UNRWA) in Beit Lahia in north Gaza.

Thousands of people displaced by the war had taken refuge in the school.

The Palestinian health ministry says the death toll from Israel's relentless bombardment of the Gaza strip since 7 October has surpassed 11,000, the majority of them women and children.

The ministry has not given updated casualty figures for 48 hours, saying it has been unable to establish contact with hospitals.

Dozens of bodies are scattered on the streets while ambulances have been unable to reach the casualties due to intense fighting and bombings.

UNRWA announced on Friday that more than 100 of its employees had died in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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