A school run by the United Nations in northern Gaza has suffered an apparently devastating impact, the UN said. Saturday confirmed what a senior official described as a “terrifying” incident.
Video from the al-Faqura school in Jabalya — used as a shelter for displaced people — shows bloodied bodies throughout a series of rooms on two floors of the two-story building. Many women and children were among the dead.
About a dozen bodies in one room appear to be covered in dust on the floor. Tables are scattered and smashed and a large hole is found in one of the walls of the room. In the building yard, a canopy roof appears to have been torn across a metal structure, and debris is visible on the ground.
Juliet Douma, spokeswoman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which runs schools in Palestinian refugee camps and is the main UN aid agency in Gaza, confirmed the incident. He said the total number of casualties was not clear as more information was coming in.
Duma could not confirm what caused the incident and who was responsible.
A still from the video, first broadcast on Al Jazeera, shows the aftermath of a UN school that was attacked on Saturday. Al Jazeera did not say how they obtained the video.
UNRWA chief Filipe Lazzarini called the images “horrific” in a post on X (formerly Twitter). Thousands of displaced people He was sheltering there during the incident.
The Israeli military is reviewing the incident, it told CNN, but had no further comment.
Egypt and Qatar have already blamed Israel’s military campaign on the stricken enclave. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry called it a “bomb blast” and said it was the latest in a series of Israeli violations against civilians in Gaza.
Qatar has called Independent investigators The United Nations traveled to Gaza to investigate what it described as “continued targeting of schools and hospitals.”
05:28 – Source: CNN
30 minutes to survive an air raid
Saturday’s incident marks the second time in twenty-four hours that a UNRWA school in northern Gaza has been attacked, the agency said. Another school in Zaitoun sheltered 4,000 people when it was repeatedly attacked on Friday, Touma told CNN.
Ambulances were unable to reach the school, he said, possibly due to fighting and communication blackouts.
Dozens of people may have been killed in that incident, according to Lazzarini, who wrote: “These attacks cannot become normal, they must stop. A humanitarian ceasefire cannot wait any longer,” he added.
This is a developing story and will be updated.