Deadly Israeli attack on school-turned-shelter in southern Gaza | Israeli-Palestinian conflict news
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Deadly Israeli attack on school-turned-shelter in southern Gaza | Israeli-Palestinian conflict news

An Israeli airstrike on a school housing displaced Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip has killed at least 30 people, the fourth such attack in as many days.

The attack in the town of Abbasan, east of Khan Younis, hit the entrance to the Al-Awdah school, wounding at least 53 people. Palestinian medics said most of the victims were women and children.

The Israeli military said it carried out the attack Tuesday because it was targeting a “terrorist from the military wing of Hamas” near a school. It confirmed it had carried out three other attacks since Saturday on Gaza schools that were being used as shelters.

“Since the beginning of the war, two-thirds of UNRWA schools in Gaza have been attacked, some bombed, many seriously damaged,” said Philippe Lazzarini, head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNRWA).

“Schools have ceased to be safe places of education and hope for children, they have become overcrowded shelters, and often become places of death and misery,” he wrote on X.

On Saturday, an Israeli airstrike hit the Al-Jawni school in Nuseirat, in the center of the enclave, killing 16 people, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. UNRWA said 2,000 people had taken refuge there at the time.

The next day, four people were killed in an attack on the Holy Family School in Gaza City, according to Gaza’s civil defense agency.

The Latin Patriarchate, which owns the school, reported that hundreds of people gathered on the school grounds at the time.

Another UNRWA-run school in Nuseirat was attacked on Monday. The local hospital said several people had been admitted for treatment.

“The blatant disregard for international humanitarian law cannot become the new norm,” Lazzarini said, calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Hamas has warned that the intensification of the Israeli offensive could jeopardize ceasefire talks. Another round of talks will be held in Qatar on Wednesday.