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UN headquarters in Gaza struck by Israeli shells

UN headquarters in Gaza struck by Israeli shells

The U.N. refugee agency says its Gaza headquarters has been struck by Israeli artillery fire and the building is now ablaze.
Spokesman Chris Gunness says the building was hit by what was believed to be three white phosphorous shells. The weapons burn at extremely high temperatures and can set things on fire.
However, witnesses said a nearby building was struck, and the U.N. building remained intact. It was hard to verify the accounts because the entire area was covered in black smoke.
Gunness says the building had been used as a shelter for hundreds of people fleeing Israel's 20-day offensive in Gaza. It's not clear how many people were there at the time. He says three people were injured.
The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the incident.


Updated : 2021-02-26 20:56 GMT+08:00