Israel Calls 4-Hour Ceasefire as 15 Die in School
Israeli shelling injures 90 refugees
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2014 3:57 AM CDT
Updated Jul 30, 2014 7:48 AM CDT
Palestinians collect body parts in a classroom at the Abu Hussein UN school in Jebaliya refugee camp today.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – Israel called a four-hour "humanitarian window" beginning this morning at 8am Eastern, just hours after tank shells slammed into a crowded UN school sheltering Gaza war refugees, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90, a health official and a spokesman for a UN aid agency say. The ceasefire comes with the caveat, as per CNN, that it won't apply to areas in which IDF forces are already working. Hamas did not immediately comment, and it's not clear if the truce is holding. The strike in the Jebaliya refugee camp came amid Israel's heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of fighting. Yesterday marked the deadliest day so far, with 128 Palestinians killed, according to a Gaza health official.

The overall Palestinian death toll rose to at least 1,258, with more than 7,100 wounded, the health official says, while Israel has lost 53 soldiers and three civilians. After shelling hit the UN school, a UN agency spokesman said it was time for the international community to step in. "It's the responsibility of the world to tell us what we shall do with more than 200,000 people who are inside our schools, thinking that the UN flag will protect them," he said. "This incident today proves that no place is safe in Gaza."

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HieronymusEponymous
Jul 30, 2014 10:56 PM CDT
Why doesn't Hamas build bomb shelters instead of attack tunnels? It's because they want more 'martyrs'.
Hammy696969
Jul 30, 2014 8:06 PM CDT
I am sickened by all of the carnage. But we should not be pointing the finger - We are the guilty ones since we empowered those savages with our money and weapons. Regrettably, all the blood of the many innocents is on OUR hands.
tpvero
Jul 30, 2014 5:33 PM CDT
A little review on Israel in case you think this all started 20 or so days ago. If Hamas did not exist Israel would be pumping you with other reasons why it has to attack women and children. The Zionists have the same agenda as HAMAS, they what to obliterate the people and erase their memory from time so they can control the region. Israel has been killing Palestinians and obliterating their villages since 1948. (youtube Miko Peled in Geneva.) Write your congress person and tell him you don't want him to support genocide in your name. The first act of air piracy in the history of civil aviation was carried out by Israel, in Dec. 1954, when a civilian Syrian airliner was forced down in Tel Aviv and its passengers and crew held for days, despite international condemnation. In 1968, Israeli commandos blew up 13 civilian airliners at Beirut airport in Lebanon. The first deliberate shooting down a civilian airliner was carried out by Israel, when a Libyan airliner was shot down by Israeli jet fighters over Sinai, in Feb. 1973, on the direct orders of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, killing all 107 of its passengers and the entire French crew.