Israeli Airstrike on UN-Run School in Gaza Kills 37, Draws International Condemnation

06.06.24 08:12 PM

In Gaza's shadow,
Children's cries echo through night,
Peace remains a dream.

In a tragic escalation of the Israel-Hamas conflict, an Israeli airstrike hit a United Nations-run school in Gaza, resulting in the deaths of at least 37 displaced Palestinians. The school was being used as a shelter by families who had fled their homes due to ongoing airstrikes. This incident has drawn widespread international condemnation and renewed calls for an immediate ceasefire.

The airstrike occurred on the morning of June 6, 2024, as Israeli forces continued their offensive against Hamas militants in the densely populated Gaza Strip. According to local health officials, the victims included several children and elderly individuals who had sought refuge at the school. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which operates the school, confirmed the attack and expressed deep sorrow and outrage over the loss of civilian lives.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the airstrike, calling it a "blatant violation of international humanitarian law." He urged both parties to halt the violence and prioritize the protection of civilians. The incident has also sparked protests in several cities worldwide, with demonstrators demanding an end to the hostilities and increased international intervention to broker a peace deal.

The Israeli military has defended its actions, stating that the airstrike targeted a Hamas weapons cache located near the school. However, human rights organizations have criticized the operation, highlighting the high civilian toll and calling for accountability.

This latest tragedy underscores the urgent need for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict, which has already claimed hundreds of lives and displaced thousands more. As the international community grapples with the implications of the attack, the focus remains on achieving a sustainable ceasefire and addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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