Dozens killed in Israeli bombing on Gaza school

 Dozens killed in Israeli bombing on Gaza school

Israel Launches Deadly Strike on UN School in Gaza

Israel has killed at least 27 people and injured dozens more in a strike on a UN school in al-Nuseirat, central Gaza Strip, according to the Hamas-run Gaza government media office. An Israeli fighter jet bombed three classrooms with multiple missiles, targeting displaced people seeking shelter.

Escalating Violence and Diplomatic Isolation

The current conflict, sparked by Hamas’s October 7 attack on southern Israel, has resulted in 1,194 deaths. Israel’s subsequent bombardment and ground offensive have killed at least 36,586 people in Gaza, mostly civilians, according to the Gaza health ministry. Israel’s actions have led to growing diplomatic isolation, with cases against it before two international courts and several European governments recognizing a Palestinian state.

UNRWA in Crisis

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has been in crisis since January, when Israel accused some of its employees in Gaza of being involved in the October 7 attack. UNRWA’s chief, Philippe Lazzarini, has urged Israel to stop its campaign against the agency.

Truce Talks and Sticking Points

US, Qatari, and Egyptian mediators have resumed talks to secure a truce and hostage release deal. US President Joe Biden has outlined a three-phase plan to halt fighting for six weeks, exchange hostages for Palestinian prisoners, and increase aid. While G7 powers and Arab states back the proposal, Hamas insists on a permanent truce and full Israeli withdrawal, which Israel has rejected.

Regional Tensions

The conflict has also led to tensions between Israel and Iran-backed armed groups in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. The Israeli army and Lebanon’s Hezbollah have exchanged cross-border fire, causing deaths and evacuations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to restore security to the north, while the US has warned Israel against escalation.

Human Cost

Muhammad al-Najjar, a 35-year-old Gaza resident, has been displaced twice by the war and urges an end to the “catastrophic situation.” The violence has killed at least 455 people in Lebanon and 25 on the Israeli side, with many more injured and displaced.

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