Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in Jabaliya Girls Elementary School in Gaza’s biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said.
Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the building in Jabaliya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said.
There were blood splattered floors and mattresses inside classrooms and survivors picked through shattered glass and debris for flesh and body parts to bury.
"Children, women and men killed & injured as they slept in place where they should have been safe and protected. They were not. Intolerable." said UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl on Twitter, adding: "This is 6th time one of our @UNRWA schools has been struck. Our staff leading int’l response are being killed. This is a breaking point."
(Photos: Finbarr O’Reilly / Mohammed Salem / Reuters)
Cairo-based photojournalist Mosa’ab Elshamy caught this headline from the Monday edition of the Baltimore Sun that seems to capture Palestinian sympathizers’ frustration with mainstream media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While Israeli combat fatalities are given up-front attention, Palestinian fatalities are brushed off as “others.”
Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems. But they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I’m one of them.
The Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his Wife are Assassinated
28 June 1914
Today is the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. After leaving a reception in Sarajevo, the driver of their car took a wrong turn and was forced to back down a small street in order to turn around. Seeing the couple in a vulnerable spot, a Serb nationalist named Gavrilo Princip shot to them to death at point-blank range. Their deaths triggered the chain of events that led a month later to the start of World War I — a horrifying, bloody four-year conflict that killed some 14 million people, collapsed empires and redrew large parts of the world’s map. The photograph below shows the couple entering the car in which they would be killed, following a reception at Sarajevo City Hall.