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Video shows dozens of bodies after alleged attack on UN-run school in Gaza


A United Nations-run school in northern Gaza was hit with apparently devastating impact, the UN confirmed on Saturday, in what a senior UN official called a “horrific” incident.

Video from al-Fakhoura school in Jabalya – which served as a shelter for displaced people – shows bloodied bodies in a series of rooms spread across two floors of the two-story building. Many women and children are among the dead.

One room appears to contain a dozen bodies lying on the floor, covered in dust. The desks are scattered and destroyed and a huge hole is visible in one of the walls of the room. In the courtyard of the building, an awning covering a metal structure appears to have been torn off and debris is visible on the ground.

Juliette Touma, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which runs schools in Palestinian refugee camps and is the main United Nations relief agency in Gaza, confirmed the incident. The total number of victims remains uncertain, she added, as information continues to arrive.

Touma could not confirm the cause of the incident, nor who was responsible.

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini, who called the images “horrific” in a post on X (formerly Twitter), said thousands of displaced people were sheltering there at the time of the incident.

The Israeli military is reviewing the incident, she told CNN, but had no further comment.

Egypt and Qatar have already blamed the incident on the Israeli military campaign in the battered enclave. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry called it a “bombing” and said it was the latest in a series of Israeli violations against civilians in Gaza.

Qatar has called for independent United Nations investigators to visit Gaza to examine what it described as “the continued targeting of schools and hospitals.”

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30 minutes to flee an airstrike

Saturday’s incident was the second time in twenty-four hours that an UNRWA school in northern Gaza was hit, the agency said. Another school in Zaitoun housed 4,000 people when it was hit several times on Friday, Touma told CNN.

She added that ambulances would not have been able to reach the school, which she said was probably due to the fighting and the breakdown of communications.

Dozens of people were likely killed in the incident, according to Lazzarini, who wrote: “These attacks cannot become commonplace, they must stop. A humanitarian ceasefire cannot wait any longer,” he added.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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