IDF investigating strike on UN school that killed 10

Witnesses claim of Israeli strike on UN school comes as IDF renews heavy artillery shelling in Gaza; Israel does not send delegation to Cairo talks.

UNRWA school damaged by fighting in Gaza (photo credit: REUTERS)
UNRWA school damaged by fighting in Gaza
(photo credit: REUTERS)

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Witnesses and medics inside the Gaza Strip said on Sunday afternoon that an Israeli air strike killed at least 10 people and wounded about 30 others in a UN-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, as the IDF renewed heavy shelling in Gaza.

The IDF said that it was looking into the reports and had no immediate comment on the attack.

A missile launched by an aircraft struck the entrance to the school in the town of Rafah, the witnesses and medics said. Hundreds of Palestinians in the area, where the Israeli military has been battling militants, had been sheltering in the facility.

Last Wednesday the IDF said gunmen had fired mortar bombs from near a UN-run school and it shot back in response. At least 15 Palestinians who sought refuge in the school in Jabalya refugee camp were killed in that incident after Israeli artillery shells hit the building. 


In Cairo, efforts to find a new truce were due to resume on Sunday.

A delegation from Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad arrived in the Egyptian capital, but a quick breakthrough seemed unlikely in the absence of Israeli representatives.

After accusing Hamas of breaching a US- and UN-brokered ceasefire on Friday, Israel said it would not send envoys as scheduled.

In Gaza, Israel intensified attacks in the area of Rafah along the border with Egypt, where 23-year-old officer Lt. Hadar Goldin was feared captured there on Friday shortly after what was to have been a 72-hour truce began.

The military later said Lt. Goldin, who was dragged by militants into a tunnel after two of his comrades were killed by a suicide bomber, had also died in action.