Israeli forces move near 110 Palestinians into a house and shell it repeatedly 24 hours later, killing about 30 people, a UN reports says.
‘According to several testimonies, on 4 January Israeli foot soldiers evacuated approximately 110 Palestinians into a single-residence house in Zeitun (half of whom were children) warning them to stay indoors,’ AFP quoted the United Nations’ report as say More..ing on Friday.
‘Twenty-four hours later, Israeli forces shelled the home repeatedly, killing approximately 30,’ the report added.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called the bombardment as ‘one of the gravest incidents after the beginning of Israeli onslaught on Gaza since December 27.
‘Those who survived and were able walked two kilometers to Salah
Ed Din road before being transported to hospital in civilian vehicles. Three children, the youngest of whom was five months old, died upon arrival at the hospital,’ OCHA said.
However, Israeli military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said: ‘From initial checking, we don’t have knowledge of this incident. We started an inquiry but we still don’t know about it.’
Israel has been pounding the coastal enclave on the fourteenth day of war on Gaza despite the UN Security Council’s binding resolution which has called for an immediate and durable ceasefire and the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the coastal enclave.
Since Israel launched “Operation Cast Lead”, 783 people have been killed and nearly 3,200 others have been wounded, Palestinian emergency services report. ”
Israeli forces have targeted the office of Press TV and the Iranian Arab-language satellite channel al-Alam in the Gaza Strip.
There were two people wounded in the Israeli attack, a Press TV correspondent said Friday, adding that Press TV’s sister channel, Al-Alam, which was also based in the building has been affected by the attack.
According to our correspondent Hamoudi Gharib, the building was targeted even though the staff had kept light projectors working on the roof of the building 24 hours a day to mark the building.
The journalists working in the building had been given safety assurances that the building would not be targeted by mistake, after its coordinates were handed to organizations responsible for the journalist safety, including the UN.
The Press TV team said they received no warnings ahead of the Israeli strike, which only targeted journalists and news crew who were in the building.
The team’s equipment, including satellite transmission devices installed on the roof, have been damaged.
Press TV has been one of the few news networks which has provided extensive coverage of the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, which has claimed the lives of some 783 Palestinians.”
Allegra Pacheco from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has called for an investigation into an incident in Zeitoun, Gaza City.
Witnesses have told the UN that about 30 Palestinians died earlier this week as Israeli forces shelled a house in Gaza City into which Israeli soldiers had previously moved more than 100 people, half of them children.
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