Israel Strikes UN School Killing 35

( An Israeli attack on a UN school in Gaza took place in the morning hours of June 6 and killed a minimum of 35 people. According to the Israeli military, the strike was precise and intended to take out a compound of Hamas militants. Gaza’s government office that is operated by Hamas denied that Hamas fighters were located within the school. They called the attack a “horrific massacre.”

Six-thousand displaced people were staying inside the school at the time of the attack. Survivors of the strike said there was lots of smoke and rubble. One survivor said he was sleeping at the time when he heard breaking glass and an explosion. Another witness said the deceased victims included people of all ages, including children. According to the Hamas health ministry, there were 40 deaths, which includes 14 children and 9 women. In addition, the health ministry said there were 74 injured in the attack.

The U.S. State Department said Israel is expected to release the names of the deceased and they are asking the Israeli government to be transparent in providing the detailed information about the strike. The head of Gaza’s civil defense said the only casualties in the attack were citizens, which is a contradiction to Israel’s statement about a “precise” attack on armed Hamas military men.

A ceasefire proposal was made with President Biden mediating, but Hamas is poised to deny the proposal. Hamas has shown “positivity” towards a cease-fire proposal but has also shown hesitation to sign anything that calls for the demilitarization of Hamas. The group says they will not disarm or entertain any proposal that calls for the disarmament of Hamas.

Karim Khan, a prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, has issued warrants for three high ranking members of Hamas as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant, Israel’s Minister of Defence. Khan, in his May 20 declaration, said these individuals all committed war crimes since the start of the conflict on October 7, 2023.

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