GAZA CITY – Another day of bloody mayhem in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday when Israeli airstrikes hit a U.N. school in Jebaliya overnight where more than 3,300 homeless Palestinian refugees were seeking safety and shelter with early reports of at.least 16 people killed and injuring scores more.
Then just hours later the Israeli Defense Forces hit an open air market in the Gaza Strip during a humanitarian 4-hour ceasefire with early reports of 15 dead and at least 150 injured.
The IDF strikes comes just one day after they hit the Gaza Strip’s only power plant and a children’s playground that left 128 dead.
The unrelenting attacks over the last 23 days of conflict has left more than 1,300 Palestinians dead that has received a furious response from the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA).
“Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced,” the agency posted on their website Wednesday.
In a statement by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, said he condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms” saying this is a serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.
“This is the sixth time that one of our schools has been struck,”Krähenbühl said. “Our staff, the very people leading the humanitarian response are being killed. Our shelters are overflowing. Tens of thousands may soon be stranded in the streets of Gaza, without food, water and shelter if attacks on these areas continue.”
Krähenbühl said all of the U.N. shelters are overflowing “Tens of thousands may soon be stranded in the streets of Gaza, without food, water and shelter if attacks on these areas continue,” he said.
While Gaza’s resources are now crippled, Hamas is still remaining defiant as they continue to launch hundreds of missiles into Israel. Hamas leader Mohammed Deif Made a rare TV appearance on Wednesday saying they will continue their missile attacks on Israel until the blockages on Gaza into Israel and Egypt are lifted.
“The occupying entity will not enjoy security unless our people live in freedom and dignity,” Deif said.
Described as an “open air prison” the Gaza Strip is located up against the Mediterranean Sea with both borders into Egypt and Israel blocked to the 1.8 million Palestinians who are not free to travel. People in the region say they feel trapped.
‘Where will we go?” cried 56-year-old Aishe Abu Darabeh said after their refugee shelter was hit three times by Israeli airstrikes.