Engel also points out: "UNRWA says it formally conveyed its location to Israeli forces 12 times, including at 10:56AM tdy....UNRWA chief tells us agency was not given any warning before strikes on school."
4:15 p.m. ET Reporter from The Guardian with first on-the-scene analysis of who fired at school. He concludes clearly: Israel (see NYT eagerly accepting Israel's claim that it might be Hamas).
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.
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.Earlier, updated from the top: Israel's ambassador to U.S. Ron Derner says at Christan convention in USA that his country should get the Nobel Peace Prize for the "unimaginable restraint" it has shown in waging latest war.
It would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic: IDF spokesman just claimed that, yes, they warned UN folks to get out of school in target period (which UN folks deny)--and says rocket fire coming from area--then suggests school hit by misfired Hamas rockets. What a coincidence. Of course, could be true. In any case, Israel's claim has gotten NYT to shift from IDing Israel to saying source of attack unknown. Some others in U.S. following suit though most abroad note Israel's claim but still name them, for now, as guilty party.
Via @RichardEngel, Israel defends school bombing: "Idf in the midst of combat w/ Hamas terrorists in Beit Hanoun using civilian infrastructure and int symbols as human shield....Israeli army suggests hamas rocket hit UN school: 'several rockets fired by Hamas from within Gaza strip landed in the Beit Hanoun area.'" But spokesman at school says at least five shells hit school grounds--unlikely to be five "misfires."
Al Jazeera reports 15 to 30 killed, 100 to 200 injured, today in UN school designated as "safe haven" and with no warning from Israelis. Update here. Photo from hospital, left, via ITV reporter Dan Rivers. UN says Israel given full info on school and knew it was used as shelter and with no military activity there. AP story. Awaiting NYT defense (see below). Dan Rivers: "I will never forget the utter shock on these kids faces - they thought they were safe in a UN school."
@RichardEngel of NBC just tweeted: "Ambulances under attack again tdy. Was in one that came under fire in shejaia market." And: "UN school attacked in north gaza.. 13 at least killed. Bloody desks. Blood on ground. Terrified children." And then: "Israeli ch 2: the government holding a special meeting to discuss the expansion of the operation and increasing the financial support." Remember: much of money comes from USA.
Sadly relevant again: Bruce Cockburn classic, "If I Had a Rocket Launcher." Great cartoon on "two-state solution" by Pulitzer winner Mike Luckovich. Jon Snow: Child in Gaza asks, "Am I going to die, daddy?"
William Booth of Wash Post at the UN school tweets: "At Beit Hanoun UNRWA school after Israeli shells: a scene of flight & panic: blood, bandages and sheep running through the halls."
Finally a straight-out defense of Israel slaughter of kids and other civilians--in a NYT news story. No punches pulled in top story today. Reads like what we used to call a "make-up" story after pushback. Should have run as an op-ed.
One reason I've written about atomic bombings for over 30 years--killing kids rarely considered war crime. Up to 50,000 children died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and then U.S. suppressed much of evidence for decades.
Good to see Robert Mackey joining in with blog coverage at NYT. His post last night covers Israeli attacks on journalists (while they've been welcomed in Gaza), including the now-famous on-air assault; and the state media there refusing to run add listing the names of Palestinian kids killed. One of the banned ads here.
Jeremy Scahill calls coverage of this war worst ever, with no TV push back on Israeli leaders and failure to hit constant "war crimes" and massacres.
Powerful little post and photo by NBC's @AymanM from Gaza--survivor of bomb that took 8 members of his famly.