Richard Engel of NBC News says that the school that was hit by Israeli artillery was a designated UN refugee shelter which people went to seeking shelter from the aerial barrage. He shows one man who said his six children were blown to bits like scraps of paper. The UN official was adamant that there were no militants in the building. Four such schools have been attacked so far.
Meanwhile NPR news at noon reported that Israel has so far struck four hospitals in Gaza including a children’s hospital. Here’s a report of an earlier attack. Supplies are short and doctors in Gaza are being forced to treat patients without anesthetics and other essential medicines.
As a result of these atrocities, more and more mainstream commentators are condemning Israel’s actions in ways that would have been unthinkable just a short while ago.
The Washington Post has a sobering graphic updated daily with the number and breakdown of the deaths. The total as of today in 895.