Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Gaza's day of carnage - 40 dead as Israelis bomb two UN schools

Chris McGreal in Jerusalem and Hazem Balousha in Gaza City
The Guardian, Wednesday 7 January 2009

"Israel's assault on Gaza has exacted the bloodiest toll of civilian lives yet, when the bombing of UN schools being used as refugee centres and of housing killed more than 50 people, including an entire family of seven young children.

The UN protested at a "complete absence of accountability" for the escalating number of civilian deaths in Gaza, saying "the rule of the gun" had taken over.....

The UN was particularly incensed over targeting of the schools, because Israeli forces knew they were packed with families as they had ordered them to get out of their homes with leaflet drops and loudspeakers. It said it had identified the schools as refugee centres to the Israeli military and provided GPS coordinates......."

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