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(RUH ROH!) ESCALATION: ISRAEL HITS U.N. SCHOOL WITH AIRSTRIKE KILLING CIVILIANS

 
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(RUH ROH!) ESCALATION: ISRAEL HITS U.N. SCHOOL WITH AIRSTRIKE KILLING CIVILIANS
JERUSALEM — Israeli forces engaged in battle with Gaza hit a United Nations school on Tuesday, one day after rebuffing calls for a cease-fire from its allies in Europe and the United States.
A Palestinian rocket on this 11th day of the offensive by Israel against Hamas injured an Israeli infant.

The United Nations reported three civilians died in the airstrike on its school, where Gaza City refugees had gone to seek protection from the attacks. The missile landed in a courtyard late Monday, causing minor damage to the building.

"There's nowhere safe in Gaza," said John Ging, the top U.N. official in Gaza. "Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized."

Ging added his voice to the growing number of world leaders — including the Pope and French President Nicolas Sarkozy — calling for an end to the violence.

"I am appealing to political leaders here and in the region and the world to get their act together and stop this," Ging said. "They are responsible for these deaths."

The Israeli army had no comment on the incident, but in the past has accused militants of using schools, mosques and residential neighborhoods to store weapons or launch attacks.

Around the world, leaders and organizations issued warnings about the escalation or renewed calls for a cease fire.

The international Red Cross on Monday warned that Gaza is now in the midst of a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

The situation for Palestinian civilians is "extreme and traumatic as a result of 10 days of uninterrupted fighting," Pierre Kraehenbuehl, head of operation for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said Tuesday. He warned fragile power supplies could collapse at any moment leaving 500,000 people without clean water and at risk of disease.

Pope Benedict XVI and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday urged both sides to move toward ending the tensions. The Pope, addressing pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square, encouraged both sides to sit down and talk. Sarkozy, in the middle of a Mideast tour, called for a cease-fire.


GLOBAL PLEAS: Pope calls on both sides to start talks
MORE ON TENSIONS: Sarkozy calls for end to Mideast fighting
The day before, Israel sent its troops deeper into urban areas of Gaza where they countered heavy resistance from Hamas fighters.

Maj. Avital Leibovich, a spokeswoman for Israel's military, said it had still not accomplished its goals of seizing sites where Hamas launches rockets into Israeli territory and destroying underground tunnels that are used to smuggle weapons into Gaza.

"We have to get to those places," Leibovich said. "It takes time."

United Nations humanitarian chief John Holmes said at least 500 Palestinians have been killed in the 10 days of war in Gaza, and as many as 25% are civilians, the Associated Press reported. Five Israelis have died since the conflict began, the army said.

The United States was pressing for a cease-fire that would include a halt to Hamas' rocket attacks and an arrangement for reopening crossing points on the border with Israel, said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. A third element would address the tunnels into Gaza from Egypt through which Hamas has smuggled materials and arms.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has spoken by phone with 17 foreign leaders — in Europe as well as the Middle East — in pursuit of a cease-fire agreement, McCormack said.

Meanwhile, President Bush reiterated the White House's stance since the beginning of the war — that Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas' rocket attacks. "The situation now taking place in Gaza was caused by Hamas," Bush said in the Oval Office on Monday.

Hamas leaders did not comment publicly Monday on a potential cease-fire.

In Gaza, Israeli troops seized control of three six-story buildings on the outskirts of Gaza, the AP reported. Hamas kept up its rocket assaults, firing more than two dozen of them into southern Israel.

Leibovich accused Hamas of failing to distribute some of the humanitarian aid delivered to Gaza and selling it on the black market instead. She said she based her claim on Israeli intelligence.

It was not possible to verify the allegation because Israel's government has barred all reporters from foreign media, including USA TODAY, from entering Gaza since the beginning of the war.

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"There's nowhere safe in Gaza," said John Ging, the top U.N. official in Gaza. "Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized."
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Good! So long as they keep terrorizing Israel, they should have nowhere to hide in Palestine. Let them learn that they only way to have peace is to stop attacking Israel.

Some people only learn the hard way.
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"terrorizing Israel"? I suppose you would not fight back if a gang lay siege to your house, stopped your family from leaving (effectively, hostages), blocked food and supplies entering it and prevented sick people from leaving to go to hospital? In other words, degraded your home life until it was impossible to live there?

You don't have a clue.
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"There's nowhere safe in Gaza," said John Ging, the top U.N. official in Gaza. "Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized."

Good! So long as they keep terrorizing Israel, they should have nowhere to hide in Palestine. Let them learn that they only way to have peace is to stop attacking Israel.

Some people only learn the hard way.
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haha. You think that mentally defective people can learn.
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"There's nowhere safe in Gaza," said John Ging, the top U.N. official in Gaza. "Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized."

Good! So long as they keep terrorizing Israel, they should have nowhere to hide in Palestine. Let them learn that they only way to have peace is to stop attacking Israel.

Some people only learn the hard way.
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oh yeah...the UN...according to you the UN is also a terrorist organization. you are scum; die in a fire bastard.

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