Israel hits UN refugee agency in Gaza

Israel hits UN refugee agency in Gaza

The headquarters of the UN refugee agency was on fire today as Israeli forces pushed deeper into Gaza City, unleashing the heaviest shelling of densely packed neighbourhoods since their military operation began nearly three weeks ago.

Separately, the AFP news agency quoted witnesses as saying that a wing of the Al-Quds hospital in south-west Gaza, where hundreds more people had taken shelter early today from advancing Israeli tanks, was on fire after being struck. It was not clear if there were any injuries.

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, angrily demanded an investigation into why the compound of the UN Relief and Works Agency, a well-known location in Gaza which was marked with blue UN flags, was attacked, expressing “strong protest and outrage”. The number of casualties in Gaza, now 1,055 according to local officials, had “reached an unbearable point”, Ban added.

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