The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Saturday that at least 12 people had been killed when Israel struck a United Nations school where thousands of displaced Palestinians were sheltering.
The ministry reported in a statement "12 martyrs and upwards of 54 wounded so far as a result of targeting Al-Fakhoura school, which is sheltering thousands of displaced people in Jabalia (refugee) camp in the northern Gaza Strip".
An earlier statement by the interior ministry said it was an "occupation (Israeli) strike" that hit the school. There was no immediate comment from Israel.
The Sultanate of Oman expressed its strong denunciation and condemnation of the continued massacres and war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinian people, including the horrific and brutal massacre that targeted the Osama bin Zaid School and the Al-Fakhoura School, affiliated with the UN agency UNRWA, and its bombing of the entrance to Al-Nasr Hospital for Children, west of Gaza, and of a public water tank that supplies several Residential neighborhoods.
Reuters pictures of the aftermath showed broken furniture and other belongings lying on the ground, patches of blood and people crying. "People were preparing breakfast when suddenly the bombing started. I found my two girls, one of them was martyred and her head was hit, the second was wounded in her leg... the other girl as well was wounded with shrapnel," one man said in video footage obtained by Reuters.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza said another Israeli missile strike killed two women at the door of the Nasser Children's Hospital. Several more people were injured, it said.