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Gaza: France calls Israeli school strikes ‘unacceptable’

Gaza: France calls Israeli school strikes ‘unacceptable’

Gaza: France calls Israeli school strikes ‘unacceptable’

French diplomacy on Wednesday considered it “unacceptable that schools, especially those sheltering civilians displaced by the fighting, are being targeted” by Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip.

“The strike happened yesterday (Tuesday) on the Al-Awda school, which left several people dead, is the third attack on a school for displaced people since last Saturday. We call for light to be shed on these strikes,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The German Foreign Ministry also called for an urgent investigation into the activities of the social network X (formerly Twitter).

On Tuesday, the al-Awda school in Abasan, east of Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip, was hit. “There were 29 martyrs,” a medical source at the city’s Nasser Hospital said. Hamas blamed Israel, giving the same death toll — 29, “mostly children and women.”

“This massacre is a continuation of the crime of genocide that the occupation army has been unleashing against our people for the 10th month in a row,” the Islamist movement’s press service said.

The 10-month war offers no respite as new talks are expected in Qatar to try to move toward a ceasefire linked to the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army on Wednesday called on all residents to evacuate Gaza City, the main city in the besieged Palestinian territory, where its soldiers are engaged in a major operation.

Very intense fights

The Israeli army said it had attacked a “terrorist from the armed wing of Hamas” near a school who had taken part in the October 7 attack, among other things. The IDF is to “verify reports that civilians were injured” in the strike, the fourth on a school in as many days in the Gaza Strip.

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Three other schools housing displaced people have been hit by Israeli bombing since Saturday, killing at least 20 people, according to Palestinian sources. In those three cases, the army said it was targeting “terrorists,” accusing Hamas of “using local residents as human shields.”

In the north, Israeli forces bombed Gaza City from the air and by land in a major new offensive against Hamas, which Israel, the European Union and the United States consider a terrorist organization.

It is “the most intense fighting in months,” said Hamas, which Israel vowed to destroy after the October 7 attack.

Source: Le Parisien

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