This morning I watched the following report about people in Gaza being forced to leave their homes in fear for their safety and having to take refuge in UN schools. This afternoon I read with horror the reports of Israeli attacks on UN schools. I wondered if some of the same people I had seen in the reports of that morning were among the dead and wounded. Is Israel deliberately targeting these schools because of the presence of AlJazeera reporters? Surely Israel does not want their crimes exposed to the world as AlJazeera has been so effective in doing.
One thing I have noticed about the people of Gaza through all this. They are a very civilized society. I have seen no evidence nor heard any reports of looting or rioting in Gaza. There is much grief and sadness, but no sign of a total breakdown of society - despite the desperation and the hunger of the people. These are a people that are truly worthy of our support.
Gazans flee homes and seek refuge in UN schools - 05 Jan 09
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Israel kills dozens at Gaza school
January 7, 009
An Israeli attack has killed at least 43 people taking refuge inside a UN school in the Gaza Strip, medics say.
About 100 people were also wounded in Tuesday's strike on the school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) in the northern town of Jabaliya - the third school to come under fire in 24 hours.
Doctors said all the dead were either people sheltering in the school or residents of Jabalya refugee camp, in the north of the Gaza Strip.
John Ging, director of operations in Gaza for Unrwa, said three artillery shells landed near the school where 350 people were taking shelter from the Israeli offensive now entering its 12th day.
Earlier in the day, two people were killed when an artillery shell hit a school in the southern town of Khan Younis and three people were killed in an air strike on a school in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, medics said.
At least 660 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and nearly 3,000 wounded in the offensive that began on December 27.
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