Multiple dead, injured in shelling of UN Gaza shelter

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Many people have died while others have been injured by incoming Israeli fire at a UN school in the northern city of Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

Adnan Abu Hasna, Spokesperson for the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) confirmed the news on Thursday.

The location of the school and the fact that it was housing displaced persons had been formally communicated to Israel, he said.

The schools serve as shelter for people displaced in the Gaza Strip from the current fighting.

UNRWA premises are clearly marked with a UN flag.

According to Mr Hasna, there is no safe place in Gaza.

"We don't have very accurate figures right now; that is from the local media they are talking about 15 people have been killed and 70 injured but for our part we are still checking the figures and we will have them very soon."

UNRWA has had three direct hits from Israeli fire on two schools in Central Gaza in the past three days.

The agency also reported its first fatalities after 3 of its teachers were killed in the airstrikes.

A further serious concern to UNRWA is that of respect for the neutrality of its installations.

More rockets were found in a school on Wednesday for the second time since the current conflict began.

The number of displaced people in the UN schools now exceeds 140,000 in 83 facilities.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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