Save the Children condemns latest attack outside UN school in Gaza

Monday 4 August 2014

3rd August 2014 - Save the Children condemns the latest attack outside a UN school in Rafah, Gaza, in which at least 10 people are reported to have been killed and many more wounded.

 Jozef Nateel / Save the Children

Around 3,000 Palestinians were sheltering in the school. This is the seventh time that a UNRWA school has come under attack, besides hospitals, clinics and houses. At least 140 schools have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the Israeli offensive. The UN reports that 475,000 people have been displaced--that is 25 per cent of Gaza's entire population--with the vast majority of them sheltering in UN and government schools. 

Save the Children's co-director in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, David Hassell, said: "These repeated attacks illustrate once again that nowhere in Gaza is safe for children and why they are paying the highest price. More children have been killed than armed fighters in attacks.  This is totally unjustifiable. Attacks on civilians have to stop and those responsible have to be held accountable."

Save the Children is on the ground in Gaza. To arrange interviews or for further information, please contact: Osama Y. Damo in Gaza +972 (0)59 7911 086,  Osama.Damo@savethechildren.org