Over 200,000 Gazans In U.N. Shelters As Fighting Continues
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The fighting continued today in Gaza, with an early morning strike on a United Nations refugee camp, which killed at least 20 Palestinians.
Israel declared a limited humanitarian ceasefire, but excluded areas in which its troops are carrying out operations. Israeli military officials also warned Gazans to stay away from areas they have been told to evacuate.
The U.N. says it is now sheltering over 200,000 Palestinians, and that at least five — possibly as many as seven — of its facilities have been hit by fire since the Israeli ground operation began.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA) has strongly condemned the Israeli strikes on U.N. schools. A U.N. girls’ school being used as a shelter in the Jabaliya refugee camp was struck by Israeli forces early Wednesday, killing 19 people and injuring 90.
In a statement, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl condemned “in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.”
Sudarsan Raghavan of The Washington Post joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from Gaza with the latest.