By: Harriet Sherwood
At least 15 Palestinians were killed and about 90 injured early on Wednesday when a UN school sheltering displaced people was hit by shells during a second night of relentless bombardment that followed an Israeli warning of a protracted military campaign.
Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner-general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, condemned “in in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces”.
He said in a statement: “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.
A spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees could not contain his grief on Wednesday after appearing on Al Jazeera Arabic to discuss the shelling of a UN-run school earlier in the day. With the cameras rolling, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness breaks down into tears after discussing the attack.