Nov 18, 2023 16:53 UTC
  •  Israeli airstrikes hit UN-run school in northern Gaza, martyring dozens

Dozens of Palestinians have been martyred as Israeli occupation forces strike al-Fakhoora School in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Saturday that at least 50 people were martyred in the bombing of the al-Fakhoora School, which is run by the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Jabalia refugee camp.

Reporters at the site said dead bodies were everywhere as medical teams were trying to evacuate the wounded.

The head of UNRWA said it had received “horrifying” footage of scores of people killed and injured in the school in the north of Gaza.

“These attacks cannot become commonplace, they must stop. A humanitarian ceasefire cannot wait any longer,” Philippe Lazzarini said in a post on X.

In the meantime, Tamara Alrifai, a spokesperson for UNRWA, told Al Jazeera that half of the Gaza Strip’s 2.3 million population has been forced on an “exodus” south towards the desert after an Israeli order to evacuate to make room for its ground operations in the north, something that is reminiscent of previous forced displacements.

“Many people who stayed in the north stayed in the UNRWA school because they thought that they would have a bit of safety there, but nowhere is safe in Gaza, not even our schools,” she said.

“Unfortunately, people flee into our buildings with the blue flag looking for protection, but 70 of our buildings have been hit, so we ourselves are not protected.”