Israeli strike on UN facility kills at least 15 people

Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school compound in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and injuring at least 150 more, Gaza health officials said.

Hundreds of refugees crowded into the Beit Hanoun facility, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kindra said, to escape from the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants before several Israeli tank shells then hit the school. The strike is the fourth time a U.N. facility has been hit since the conflict began July 8, the Associated Press reported.

Chris Gunness, spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, confirmed the strike on his Twitter page, adding that “Precise co-ordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun had been formally given to the Israeli army … Over the course of the day UNRWA tried to coordinate with the Israeli Army a window for civilians to leave and it was never granted.”

On the PBS NewsHour program Wednesday, Gwen Ifill spoke with UNICEF’s Pernille Ironside, who has been on the ground in Gaza.

β€œThe fact of the matter is, there is no safe place here. Even in the public schools and compounds and UNRWA shelters, there are no guarantees for safety,” he said.