trying to aid people in Gaza found themselves stuck Tuesday between Israeli soldiers and Hamas fighters, with neither side showing any sign of backing down.
The development came as a rocket fired from Gaza struck near Israel’s biggest airport, prompting many airlines around the world to suspend flights — just days after the downing of a commercial jetliner over eastern Ukraine.
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees found rockets hidden in one of its vacant Gaza schools, the second such discovery at a vacant school since the fighting began.
At the same time, a spokesman for UNWRA told CNN that for the second day, tank shells “believed to be from the Israeli military” hit an unoccupied girls’ school that had housed 300 of the estimated 118,000 civilians being sheltered by the agency.
“During the two hour window the U.N. staff went to the school to investigate the damage and see what happened, further shelling took place which endangered the lives of the U.N. staff and put them in serious danger,” Chris Gunness, the spokesman for UNWRA, told CNN.
“…The IDF had the GPS coordinates of the girls school, which was clearly marked by a U.N. flag.”
The IDF has previously accused militants of hiding weapons in U.N. shelters, though there is no specific such claim in this incident.