At least ten Palestinians were killed and 15 injured yesterday when Israeli forces shelled a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in which hundreds of displaced people had sought shelter in the Al-Rimal neighborhood west of Gaza City, Anadolu reports.
Palestinian sources at the Al-Shifa medical complex reported that the Israeli army conducted airstrikes and artillery attacks on the Al-Rimal neighborhood overnight, the most intense in over a month since military vehicles withdrew from the area in mid-December.
Israel launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip following a Hamas cross-border attack on October 7th. Since then, more than 26,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed, and over 65,000 injured, according to Palestinian health authorities. According to Tel Aviv, 1,200 people were killed in Hamas’ attack.
According to United Nations data, due to the Israeli offensive, 85 percent of the population of the Gaza Strip is internally displaced and facing acute shortages of food, clean water, and medicine, while 60 percent of the enclave’s infrastructure is damaged or destroyed.
Austria is suspending payments to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East until a full investigation is conducted into allegations that its employees were involved in Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7th, the Austrian Foreign Ministry announced yesterday.
“We call on UNRWA and the United Nations to conduct a comprehensive, rapid, and complete investigation into the allegations,“ the ministry said, according to Reuters.
Austria joins Britain, Germany, the United States, Australia, and Canada, among others, in pausing funding for the aid agency, a key source of support for people in Gaza.