I mean, there’s kind of a pattern emerging:
The United Nations and the White House on Wednesday condemned the shelling of a United Nations school in the Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip overnight, which killed 16 people.
The United Nations Work and Relief Agency, which runs the Abu Haseen school, issued a condemnation earlier, saying that the school was attacked three times, despite that its exact location in a heavily populated residential area was clarified to the IDF on number of occasions.
John Ging, the director of UN humanitarian operations, said it was the fifth attack on a United Nations school sheltering civilians since fighting between Israel and Hamas began on July 8.
But if you’re worried that it’s just UN shelters being targeted, let me ease your mind:
It may have been a tragic case of confusion.
The Israel Defense Forces declared a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire on Wednesday. But the army said it did not apply where soldiers were already engaged and that residents who had evacuated should not return to those areas.
According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, at least 17 Palestinians were killed and around 200 more were wounded when shells hit a street market in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood, “which residents thought was temporarily safe but which the Israelis considered part of an active combat zone,” The New York Times reports.
It would be much easier for Israel to make the argument that it sanctifies life if it would stop lobbing shells onto known civilian targets so often.