UN believes fighting rages are to blame for nine deaths in the Gaza shelter

The UN’s Palestinian refugee agency reports that when a UN building housing civilians in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, was hit, at least nine persons were killed and seventy-five injured. During combat in the western fringes of the city, UNRWA reported that two tank shells struck its Khan Younis Training Centre. The “blatant disregard of basic rules of war” was denounced by its commissioner. The Israeli military declared that it had ruled out the possibility that its forces’ artillery or aircraft attack caused the tragedy.

It went on to say that it was investigating the likelihood that it was “Hamas fire” and monitoring Israeli actions in the area. One day after the IDF declared it had fully surrounded the city, Israeli troops have been fighting Hamas fighters as they move into western Khan Younis. Thousands of patients, workers, and other people have been unable to evacuate the city’s two main hospitals due to clashes and bombardment. On October 7, Hamas terrorists launched an unprecedented cross-border attack on southern Israel, resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,300 people and the kidnapping of nearly 250 more. This attack set off the conflict.

Since then, more than 25,700 people have died in Gaza, according to the health ministry operated by Hamas in the region. The violence over the past 12 weeks has also caused an estimated 1.7 million people, or roughly three-quarters of the population, to be displaced; many of them are taking refuge within or close to UN buildings. One of the biggest UNRWA shelters is the Khan Younis Training Center, where 30,000–40,000 refugees are reportedly residing. According to UNRWA, the compound is well-marked, Israeli authorities have access to its coordinates, and both the compound and the people inside need to be safeguarded under international law.

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