One of the UN schools bombed by Israel. Photo: UNRWA

Israel has maintained its offensive in Gaza despite calls from both outside and inside for a ceasefire. In airstrikes over the weekend, five more journalists lost their lives, out of a total of 29 Palestinians who died (the toll could rise). The attacks hit refugee shelters in Al-Nuseirat and the city of Deir al-Balah, among other places.

The reckless bombings killed the following journalists: Saadi Madoukh, Adeeb Sukkar, Amjad Al-Jahjouh and his wife, Wafa Abu Dabaan and Rizq Abu Shakyan. These deaths bring the number of journalists whose lives have been cut short during the war to 158, according to the Gaza government’s press office.

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In Al-Nuseirat, the bombing also targeted a UN-operated school that shelters refugees. According to the UN, the school was home to nearly 2,000 people. A statement said at least 520 people were killed in UN shelters and 1,602 were injured.

In nine months of war, the death toll in Gaza is around 38,000, most of them women and children. The Ministry of Health also indicates that more than 87,000 people were injured.

A preliminary estimate from the Gaza Civil Emergency Service says the latest attack on the school has left at least 16 people dead and 50 injured. The service’s spokesman, Mahmoud Basal, said the attack on a school housing refugees shows that there is no safe place in Gaza.

*With information from Reuters and Lusa Agency


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