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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Back into the Ruins: What is this? Just stunned


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Shijaiyah leveled. In this block multiple buildings down. Bombing here would have been unsurvivable: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

Depth of Gaza devastation become clear after cease-fire: William Booth, Washington Post, 26 July 2014

Gaza City -- With safe passage promised by a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire, residents of the areas hardest hit in Gaza fighting returned to their homes Saturday. They could not believe what they saw.

Many roads were barely passable, and almost silent. Women did not wail. The men looked stunned. Their neighborhoods were reduced to ugly piles of gray dust, shattered cement block and twisted rebar.

Huge bomb craters marked the spot where on Friday four-story apartment blocks had stood. On some streets, it seemed as if every house was riddled with bullet holes or shrapnel spray, charred by flames or leveled.



Whole blocks of apartment houses destroyed in Shijaiyah. Scale is far far greater than previous Gaza wars: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


The scale of the damage from Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire was the worst seen in the 19 days since Israel launched its offensive. Much of the damage witnessed Saturday had occurred in the past 24 to 48 hours as diplomats debated the terms of a possible truce.

“It looks like an earthquake,” said Rafet Sukar, at the front door of his home on the main street in Shijaiyah, a residential district east of central Gaza City. The back half of his house was gone.

“It was a miracle we got out of here alive,” said Rami Sukar, his brother.



Blocks of apartments, houses just gone in Shijaiyah. Gaza is just stunned: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

The tops of mosque minarets -- perhaps sources of sniper fire -- were blasted away. 

Schools and hospitals were peppered with shrapnel from missiles and shells that fell within their perimeters.

Water pump stations were blown up, electrical lines toppled onto the streets, the main roads blocked by deep impact craters. 



Beit Hanoun, less than a kilometer from Israeli border: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


At the front lines, within sight of the concrete wall that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel, fresh trails from Israeli tanks and combat bulldozers snaked through backyard gardens and rolled over greenhouses.

Fires still smoldered as the first reporters and residents reached the towns on the front. 

There was no looting, nor any police on the streets.



Beit Hanoun. People return to find neighborhood in ruins. Residents just stunned. Almost quiet. They're in shock: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


Ambulances struggled to reach the dead. Search crews followed bulldozers that cleared a path forward. There were reports of wounded still trapped in buildings. The Gaza Health Ministry said its crews had recovered at least 85 bodies Saturday.

According to the ministry, more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the course of the 19-day campaign.

It was obvious that the recovery would take time. In some places, the odor of bodies came so strongly that passersby gagged.

“It will take more than 12 hours to dig them out,” said Yussif Abid al-Hamid, an emergency medical technician wearing latex gloves and trying to get his mask back over his nose. “We need heavy equipment here. We need earthmovers. We can’t dig with our bare hands.”



Scenes of Beit Hanoun. Whole blocks destroyed, huge bomb craters, minarets hit, fires still burning, bodies: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


There were many dead animals, too. Donkeys, horses, cows were scattered at the edges of fields and in the marketplaces. The farm towns at the edges of Gaza are where the shepherds live, and in the shelling they were forced to abandon their flocks.





Coming into Beit Hanoun: shepherds moving sheep out of battle zone: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


Down one lane, two men carried a cage filled with songbirds. People in Gaza are so desperate that some who came home to gather up belongings left with a few cans of fruit or a half-gallon of cooking oil.

Local reporters and Gaza residents said the scale of destruction in the areas targeted -- the acres of bombed housing -- exceeded damage done in the two previous wars of 2009 and 2012. No detailed assessment of the most recent damage was available.

In Beit Hanoun in the northern tier of the Gaza Strip -- the scene of intense street battles between Hamas fighters and Israeli troops -- there were brass bullet casings and pools of blood and soiled bandages, but no sign of who had won or lost.


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Beit Hanoun. What is this?
: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


Fighters with Hamas and the other militant factions were nowhere to be seen, although Israeli military commanders assumed that the militants would use the 12-hour window to redeploy men and materiel.

Neighborhoods visited by reporters just a day earlier were transformed. Mohammad Shawesh returned to his home in Beit Hanoun on Saturday morning, thinking there might be some minor damage. It was a wreck. He and his family were picking through the gutted rooms, and they assembled at the curb a pitiful bag of rice and a couple of cooking pots.



Family in Beit Hanoun digging out. Collecting a pitiable bag of rice, couple of cooking pots: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

“I don’t think the truce will last,” he said.

A few hundred yards away, an Israeli tank started up with a cough of brown smoke and began rumbling forward.



House destroyed in Beit Hanoun: lots of downed power lines, dead animals, spent cartridges and last night's tank treads: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

Zuhair Hamad had not seen his home in 17 days. It was destroyed. “We came to get some clothes for the kids,” he said. “The clothes are under there somewhere.”

A hysterical neighbor shouted at journalists -- “This was an atom bomb!” -- before his friends pulled him away.
 

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Bomb crater in Beit Hanoun: 7 bodies last night. Tanks just down road. People fleeing shouting "the Jews are coming!": photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


At the end of their block, another Israeli tank turned a corner around a sandy berm and residents began to run back, shouting, “The Jews are coming!”

After a few hundred yards, Shijaiyah’s main boulevard became impassable for vehicles, and so residents walked. The Israeli military said the district sits on a vast network of underground bunkers, weapons caches and “terror tunnels.” 


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 Press at work in Shijaiyah today: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

“I worked 20 years to make my home, to buy the furniture to put inside,” said Mohammad Helou, a carpenter who had lived in a four-story apartment house with the families of his three brothers.

All that was left was a deep hole in the ground, and a prayer rug they dug up.

William Booth is The Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief. He was previously bureau chief in Mexico, Los Angeles and Miami. He has covered armed conflict in Libya, Iraq, Haiti, and the Balkans.




People including women emerge on streets of Gaza City as 12 hour "humanitarian pause" begins: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014


And before hell mouth; dry plain
              and two mountains;
On the one mountain, a running form,
              and another
In the turn of the hill; in hard steel
The road like a slow screw’s thread,
The angle almost imperceptible,
               so that the circuit seemed hardly to rise;
And the running form, naked, Blake,
Shouting, whirling his arms, the swift limbs,
Howling against the evil,
               his eyes rolling,
Whirling like flaming cart-wheels,
               and his head held backward to gaze on the evil
As he ran from it,
                to be hid by the steel mountain,
And when he showed again from the north side;
                his eyes blazing toward hell mouth,
His neck forward,
                and like him Peire Cardinal.
And in the west mountain, Il Fiorentino,
Seeing hell in his mirror,
                 and lo Sordels
Looking on it in his shield;
And Augustine, gazing toward the invisible.





Rotorua Mud Pools, New Zealand: photo by Keith Thome, 5 March 2011

 
And past them, the criminal
                lying in the blue lakes of acid,
The road between the two hills, upward
                slowly,
The flames patterned in lacquer, crimen est actio,
The limbo of chopped ice and saw-dust,
And I bathed myself with acid to free myself
               of the hell ticks,
Scales, fallen louse eggs.




Erupting Mud Pool, Rotorua, New Zealand: photo by Alan Smith, 29 December 2008

               Palux Laerna,
the lake of bodies, aqua morta,
of limbs fluid, and mingled, like fish heaped in a bin,
and here an arm upward, clutching a fragment of marble,
And the embryos, in flux,
              new inflow, submerging,
Here an arm upward, trout, submerged by the eels;
              and from the bank, the stiff herbage
the dry nobbled path, saw many known, and unknown,
for an instant;
               submerging,
The face gone, generation.

Ezra Pound: from Canto XVI, 1923, in A Draft of XXX Cantos (1930)




Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley, Rotorua, New Zealand: photo by world-wide-gifts, 11 January 2009

Pre-Socratic

There remain lessons to be gained from history
It once more becomes
hard not to see
through the gauze binding
that not only is any given thing
that happens
not nothing, but (remember!) it just may be



Shijaiyah leveled. In this block multiple buildings down. Bombing here would have been unsurvivable: photo by William Booth via Twitter, 26 July 2014

Saturday, 26 July 2014

When medics cry


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When medics cry, you must understand that there are catastrophes happening
: photo by Rami N. AbuShabaan, 25 July 2014


Israel’s vision of itself was once
As a “light unto the nations”.
It has no need of the fearful hatred,
Fuelling its bombs and its bullets,
Unless it wishes to fade away --
Putting out the light that might enable it
To see the stranger as a friend.




Heathcote Williams: from An Old Man and a Young Man in Gaza, July 2014





The WORST experience in my life was: to tell a mother looking for her children that they are all DEAD: photo by Dr. Bassel Abuwarda, 25 July 2014

Numbers increasing
13 martyrs Al Naggar family
Massacres everywhere

-- Dr Saeed Kanafany, surgeon, via Twitter from Gaza, 26 July 2014



This is the massacre in Al Naggar Family. I am sorry for pictures
: photo by Dr. Saeed Kanafany, 25 July 2014



The massacre in Al Naggar Family. I am sorry for pictures: photo by Dr. Saeed Kanafany, 25 July 2014



The massacre in Al Naggar Family. I am sorry for pictures: photo by Dr. Saeed Kanafany, 25 July 2014


The massacre in Al Naggar Family. I am sorry for pictures: photo by Dr. Saeed Kanafany, 25 July 2014

Artillery Corps in Gaza

Artillery Corps in Gaza. IDF artillery forces fire into the Gaza Strip as part of Operation Protective Edge: photo by Israel Defense Forces, 24 July 2014

Artillery Corps in Gaza

Artillery Corps in Gaza. IDF artillery forces fire into the Gaza Strip as part of Operation Protective Edge: photo by Israel Defense Forces, 24 July 2014



 Al Naggar Family Massacre. Numbers increasing: photo by Dr. Saeed Kanafany, 25 July 2014



 Al Naggar Family Massacre. Numbers increasing: photo by Dr. Saeed Kanafany, 25 July 2014



Al Naggar Family Massacre. Numbers increasing: photo by Dr. Saeed Kanafany, 25 July 2014



WHY SHOULD OUR CHILDREN BEG FOR LIFE!!!: photo by Dr. Bassel Abuwarda, 25 July 2014

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Miracle in Gaza: Israel killed her mother before she could give birth, but heroic doctors managed to rescue her!: photo via Dima Eleiwa, 25 July



More Palestinian "terrorists" targeted by Israeli "self defence": photo by Haitham Sabbah, 26 July 2014



More Palestinian "terrorists" targeted by Israeli "self defence": photo by Haitham Sabbah, 26 July 2014



A father and a little girl in their last moments. Who will seek justice for him?: photo by Mina, 24 July 2014


\A father and a little girl in their last moments. Who will seek justice for him?: photo by Mina, 24 July 2014


A father and a little girl in their last moments. Who will seek justice for him?: photo by Mina, 24 July 2014



A father and a little girl in their last moments. Who will seek justice for him?: photo by Mina, 24 July 2014

Artillery Corps in Gaza

Artillery Corps in Gaza. IDF artillery forces fire into the Gaza Strip as part of Operation Protective Edge: photo by Israel Defense Forces, 24 July 2014 


Heartbreaking in Beit Hanoun northern Gaza, massive destruction: photo by Hazem Balousha, 26 July 2014


Heartbreaking in Beit Hanoun northern Gaza, massive destruction: photo by Hazem Balousha, 26 July 2014

Friday, 25 July 2014

Hijos de un dios menor

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Horrible scenes from Beit Hanoun elementary school, northern Gaza strip, after Israeli shelling, blood spread everywhere: photo by Hazem Balousha, 24 July 2014

And after these things, I saw foure Angels standing on the foure corners of the Earth, holding the foure windes of the earth, that the winde should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  


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Horrible scenes from Beit Hanoun elementary school, northern Gaza strip, after Israeli shelling, blood spread everywhere: photo by Hazem Balousha, 24 July 2014
 
And I saw another Angel ascending from the East, hauing the seale of the liuing God: and he cried with a loud voice to the foure Angels to whom it was giuen to hurt the earth and the Sea,  


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Horrible scenes from Beit Hanoun elementary school, northern Gaza strip, after Israeli shelling, blood spread everywhere: photo by Hazem Balousha, 24 July 2014

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till wee haue sealed the seruants of our God in their foreheads. 




A Palestinian man cries over the body of his son who died when a UN school for refugees was, according to medics, hit by an Israeli tank shell in the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, 24 July 2014: photo by Oliver Weiken / EPA, 24 July 2014

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundreth and fourty and foure thousand, of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 7 (KJV 1611)


Israel-Gaza conflict


A Palestinian helps his son who got injured when a UN school for refugees was allegedly hit by an Israeli tank shell in the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip: photo by Oliver Weiken / EPA, 24 July 2014


Leibniz
saw
the whole
world
as a
collection
of beings
called monads
whose
activity
consisted in
the perception
of
one another
on the
basis
of a
pre-established
harmony
laid down
by God

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The only

people
who will
escape
will be
those
who have
the
seal
of God
on their
 
foreheads

TC: from Smack, 1972



Israel-Gaza conflict

A Palestinian man carries a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, into the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014: photo by Lefteris Pitarakis / AP, 24 July 2014


Israeli strike on Gaza school kills 15 and leaves 200 wounded


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Scene, including sheep, inside Beit Hanoun UNRWA school after Israeli tank shells fell
: photo by William Booth, 24 July 2014
   

UN condemns shelling of UNRWA school, saying it asked IDF for time to evacuate civilians, which was not given


Peter Beaumont in Beit Hanoun, The Guardian, Thursday 24 July 2014 15.43 EDT


International scrutiny of Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip intensified on Thursday when more than 15 Palestinians were killed and 200 injured in a strike on a UN school in northern Gaza crowded with hundreds of displaced civilians. Most of the injured were women and children. Among the dead were a mother and her one-year-old baby. UN staff had been attempting to organise the school's evacuation when the attack took place.


Palestinian medics treat a child wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, at the emergenc...

Palestinian medics treat a child wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, in the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area: photo by Lefteris Pitarakis / AP, 24 July 2014

Ban Ki Moon, secretary general of the UN, condemned the attack, which came hours after the agency had warned that Israel's actions in the Palestinian enclave could constitute war crimes. "Today's attack underscores the imperative for the killing to stop and to stop now," Ban said.


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A Palestinian man grieves over the death of relatives at the morgue of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on Thursday, July 24, 2014, after a UN school in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip was hit by  Israeli shelling: photo by Mahmud Hams / AFP, 24 July 2014

The Israeli military first claimed, in a text sent to journalists, that the school could have been hit by Hamas missiles that fell short. Later, a series of tweets from the Israel Defence Forces appeared to confirm the deaths were the result of an Israeli strike.




I just can’t get over what I have just witnessed at the Kamal Odwan hospital in Gaza [after the Israeli attack at the UN school] -- so many injured children
: photo via Daniel Rivers, 24 July 2014

"Today Hamas continued firing from Beit Hanoun. The IDF responded by targeting the source of the fire."


Israeli tanks move near the Israel and Gaza border Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas milita...

Israeli tanks move near the Israel and Gaza border on Thursday: photo by Dusan Vranic / AP, 24 July 2014

"Last night, we told Red Cross to evacuate civilians from UNRWA's shelter in Beit Hanoun btw 10 am and 2pm. UNRWA & Red Cross got the message. Hamas prevented civilians from evacuating the area during the window that we gave them."


Palestinian girl, who medics said was wounded in Israeli shelling at a UN-run school, July 24: photo by Mohammed Salem / Reuters, 24 July 2014

Chris Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works agency, said there had earlier been "firing around the compound" and his organisation had asked the Israeli army for time to evacuate civilians. "We spent much of the day trying to negotiate or to coordinate a window so that civilians, including our staff, could leave. That was never granted … and the consequences of that appear to be tragic." Gunness said the Israeli military were supplied with coordinates of UN schools where those displaced were sheltering. UN sources told the Guardian a call was placed to the Israeli military at 10.55am requesting permission to evacuate but their call was not returned.




Grieving children at Beit Hanoun elementary school, northern Gaza strip: photo by Hazem Balousha, 24 July 2014

The deaths in Beit Hanoun raised the overall Palestinian death toll in the conflict that began on 8 July to at least 751. Israel has lost 32 soldiers -- all since 17 July, when it widened its air campaign into a full-scale ground operation -- and three civilians.



I will never forget the utter shock on these kids' faces -- they thought they were safe in a UN school: photo via Daniel Rivers, 24 July 2014

Hours after the attack, a trail of bloody footprints could be seen crossing a deserted playground littered with abandoned possessions. There were pools of blood both inside and outside the school building; more blood splashed over wooden school desks.


Palestinian children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, lay on the floor of an eme...

Palestinian children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, lay on the floor of the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area: photo by Lefteris Pitarakis / AP, 24 July 2014

The Israeli military, which said it was "reviewing the incident", claimed the incident had occurred during "heavy combat" in the area and accused "terrorists" of "using civilian infrastructure and international symbols as human shields".


Israeli soldiers work on a tank near the Israel and Gaza border Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as...

Israeli soldiers work on a tank near the Israel and Gaza border, Thursday 24 July 2014. Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday: photo by Dusan Vranic / AP, 24 July 2014

Although missiles belonging to Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups in Gaza do sometimes fall short, there was no visible evidence of debris from broken Palestinian rockets in the school. The injuries and the number of fatalities were consistent with a powerful explosion that sent shrapnel tearing through the air, in some cases causing traumatic amputations.


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Children are seen in distress as they are treated in a local hospital after the UN school attack
: photo by ITV News. July 24, 2014

The surrounding neighbourhood bore evidence of multiple Israeli attacks, including smoke from numerous artillery rounds and air strikes. One building was entirely engulfed by flames.



 Thought I’d share this photo from today’s harrowing scenes. Three to a stretcher, the innocent victims of the UN school attack: photo via Daniel Rivers, 24 July 2014


Thursday's assault on the school -- one of the grimmest incidents of the war -- occurred at about 2.50pm as the playground was crowded with families waiting to be ferried to safety. According to survivors, one shell landed in the schoolyard followed by several more rounds that hit the upper stories of the building.


A Palestinian man carries a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, towards the e...

A Palestinian man carries a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, towards the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area: photo by Lefteris Pitarakis / AP, 24 July 2014

Most of the wounded were moved initially to a local hospital where terrified women and children clung to each other, waiting for news of relatives. A shell exploded about 50 metres from the hospital building as they waited.


A Palestinian youth carries a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, into the em...

A Palestinian man carries a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, towards the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area: photo by Lefteris Pitarakis / AP, 24 July 2014

Israeli tanks move near the Israel and Gaza border Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas milita...

Israeli tanks move near the Israel and Gaza border on Thursday: photo by Dusan Vranic / AP, 24 July 2014

Nour Hamid, 17, was hoping for news of her sister. As she attempted to comfort her terrified nephew, she said: "We were packing up to leave when the attack happened. We were standing outside when they started hitting us, some of the women holding their babies. My sister-in-law was one of the injured. There were bodies everywhere, most of them women and children."


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A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area: photo byLefteris Pitarakis / AP, 24 July 2014

Laila al-Shinbari told Reuters: "All of us sat in one place when suddenly four shells landed on our heads … Bodies were on the ground, [there was] blood and screams. My son is dead and all my relatives are wounded including my other kids."


UN-run school in Gaza shelled, 15 lives claimed
 
The body of Ali al-Shibari, a 10-year-old Palestinian child who was killed after a UN school in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip was hit by an Israeli shell, lies wrapped in shrouds at the morgue of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on July 24, 2014
: photo by Mahmud Hams / AFP, 24 July 2014


Sabah Kafarna, 35, had also been sheltering at the school. "At about 11.30 someone from the municipality came to tell us that we were going to be moved because it was too dangerous. But the buses didn't come. That's why [there were] so many people all outside when the shells landed," she said. "The shells came one after the other. I was inside by the windows when they smashed."


A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014: photo by Lefteris Pitarakis / AP, 24 July 2014


Ayman Hamdan, medical director at Beit Hanoun hospital, told the Guardian that medical staff were treating multiple shrapnel injuries and damage to internal organs. "Some of the bodies were blown apart. Such a massacre requires more than one hospital to deal with it," she said.




A relative of two-year old Lamar Radiya holds her body at the morgue of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia: photo by Marco Longari / AFP,, 24 July 2014

The dead were ferried along with the most seriously injured in a fleet of ambulances to the relative safety of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia. Frantic relatives crowded the morgue looking for loved ones. The hospital's emergency room was plunged into chaos as doctors struggled to cope with the influx.



A Palestinian medic at the Kamal Adwan hospital holds two children wounded in Thursday’s shelling the Israeli attack on the U.N. school in Beit Hanoun: photo by Lefteris Pitarakis,/ AP, 24 July 2014

One father, his white singlet stained with blood, sat on the floor cradling the body of his injured daughter as another relative held a drip above her. Two more children were brought in -- one girl injured by shrapnel, and another body whose torso was covered in blood.



Palestinian children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, lay on the floor of the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area: photo by Lefteris Pitarakis / AP, 24 July 2014
 
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A six-month-old baby boy is treated for shrapnel wounds after the UN school attack: photo by Sean Swan / ITV News, 24 July 2014

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Five-year-old Yacov Shimbari lies in shock after the UN school attack: photo by Jonathan Wald / ITV News. July 24, 2014

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Casualties are lying all over the hospital after the UN school attack: photo by Jonathan Wald / ITV News. July 24, 2014


 Palestinian girl who lost a relative in an attack on a U.N. school in Gaza on Thursday cries at a hospital in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip: photo by Adel Hana / AP, 24 July 2014


A mother comforts her daughter at a hospital in Jabaliya after Israeli shelling hit a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees: photo by Finbarr O’Reilly / Reuters, 24 July 2014


A Palestinian man cries in the morgue of Kamal Adwan hospital after identifying the body of a relative killed in an Israeli strike: Lefteris Pitarakis / AP. 24 July 2014


A mother comforts her child in a hospital a few hundred yards from the U.N. school hit by Israeli shelling: photo by Finbarr O’Reilly / Reuters, 24 July 2014



A relative of a victim of the Israeli shelling at a UN school mourns at a hospital in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip: photo by Finbarr O’Reilly / Reuters, 24 July 20144


Relatives of Palestinians killed by the Israeli strike at a UN school mourn outside a hospital morgue in the northern Gaza Strip: photo by Mohammed Salem / Reuters, 24 July 2014


A Palestinian child cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, after being wounded in the Israeli attack on the U.N. school in Beit Hanoun: photo by Lefteris Pitarakis,/ AP, 24 July 2014


A Palestinian boy, whom medics said was wounded in the U.N school attack, crouches at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip: photo by Mohamed Salem / Reuters, 24 July 2014 

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A Palestinian man carries a baby after being evacuated from a UN-run school that was hit by Israeli shelling
: photo by Reuters, 24 July 2014


Worried Palestinians wait outside a hospital ward where a wounded girl is being treated

Worried Palestinians wait outside a hospital ward where a wounded girl is being treated: photo by Reuters, 24 July 2014

A man holds a girl, whom medics said was injured in the Israeli shelling of the school

A man holds a girl, whom medics said was injured in the Israeli shelling of the school: photo by Reuters, 24 July 2014

A boy who was wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Beit Hanoun arrives at the al-Shifa hospital

A boy who was wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Beit Hanoun arrives at the al-Shifa hospital: photo by AFP, 24 July 2014

A trail of blood is seen in the courtyard of a UN School in Beit Hanoun after it was hit by an Israeli tank shell

A trail of blood is seen in the courtyard of a UN School in Beit Hanoun after it was hit by an Israeli tank shell: photo by AFP, 24 July 2014