Photo Credit: IDF
UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun, Gaza repeatedly used as a launch site for mortars (archive photo)

UNRWA has admitted that a Hamas misfired rocket hit a U.N.-run school in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, according to Channel 2’s Ehud Ya’ari, but an errant IDF artillery shell also may have hit the facility, where Gaza sources claim an estimated 17 children and United Nations personnel were killed and 200 others were wounded Thursday afternoon.

Other sources have said the death toll is closer to 10.


Ya’ari also reported that one IDF shell struck the school, but this has not been verified.

The IDF spokesman remarked, and UNRWA confirmed, that misfired Hamas rockets fell and exploded in the area of the Beit Hanoun school. The IDF also reported there was significant combat in that area, where Hamas has used schools and hospitals as terror bases. The army shot artillery shells at Hamas targets, and one of the shells may have gone off course.

However, if even one of  the explosions was a result of Hamas rockets, which seems to be the case, foreign media will have to throw up their hands in surrender to their constant attempt to show Israel as a mass murderer of innocent children.

Israel was immediately blamed for supposedly bombing the school, and UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness jumped all over the IDF for the tragedy.

Israel has made it clear that Hamas is responsible for any and all deaths.

Foreign news agencies already have blamed Israel and have published gory pictures of the aftermath of the attacks, which came a day after U.N. Secretary-General Ban-Ki moon expressed “alarm” that 20 rockets were found for the second time in a UNRWA school but that they had “gone missing.”

The IDF initially responded to the report of the alleged bombing of the school in Beit Hanoun with a statement saying, the IDF is “currently in the midst of combat, with Hamas terrorists in the area of Beit Hanoun, who are using civilian infrastructure and international symbols as human shields. In the course of the afternoon, several rockets launched by Hamas from within the Gaza Strip landed in the Beit Hanoun area. The IDF is reviewing the incident.”

Beit Hanoun has been a favorite site for terrorists because of its close proximity to Gaza Belt communities.

Approximately 20-30 percent of Hamas rockets have landed or exploded inside Gaza, and Channel 10 television said that UNRWA, after having spewed out anger at the IDF, has confirmed that Hamas was the source of the attacks.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, who has been strangely subdued about not knowing that rockets were hidden in at least two UNRWA schools – and that number is certainly much larger – turned up the volume with his usual anti-Israel condemnation over the bombing of the school.

Gunness told Israel Radio that UNRWA tried to coordinate with the IDF during the day to leave a window open for civilians to leave the school, but that request “never was granted.” He tweeted, “Precise co-ordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun had been formally given to the Israeli army.”

He has not had too much to say about the rockets that “have gone missing.”

His boss U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was not so worried that the first batch of rockets found in a UNRWA school last week was turned over to Hamas, now is furious that no one knows who picked up the second batch. A wild guess might be, possibly, maybe, that they went back to their rightful owners, Hamas.

“Those responsible are turning schools into potential military targets, and endangering the lives of innocent children,” Ban stated.

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird stated Wednesday, “Even more alarming were reports that in the first case, officials with the United Nations returned these weapons to Hamas, a listed terrorist organization, once Israeli officials discovered their location.”

U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf was at a lost for coherency when asked about UNRWA’s turning over last week’s rockets to ”local authorities” and then finding out that Hamas had taken them.

She refused to admit that “local authorities” and Hamas are synonymous.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. This is just propaganda, you’re article is so unbelievably biased and inaccurate, you’re defending and supporting genocide by israel, a self proclaimed state who first invaded and heavily oppressed the Palestinian people after it had just been done to them, and now again, after being the vitim of a holocaust, you are the perpetrators…

  2. can you provide links to the info in the lead paragraph? I want to pass this one on but I can’t find who to attribute it to. What/who was Ehud Yaari’s source? Thanks

  3. Preppers Newsletter Are you actually ing serious? first of all you’re just one of israel’s propaganda merchants, those videos are bull ad you fully know it,f recycled Syria footage and, IDF posing as Hamas and people defending their homes portrayed as doing it against their will, Hamas are launching rockets (none of which are hitting anywhere because of the “iron dome”) because israel have done to them what Hitler did to your ancestors, invaded, rounded up into settlements and now finally mass executing, but unlike your cowardly ancestors, Palestine aren’t just lying down and taking it, they’re willing to put their lives on the line to protect whats theirs and their loved ones and launching rockets is all they have to fight back with, those children are not dying because Hamas are using them as human shields, they’re dying because israel are dropping bombs on schools, hospitals and heavily populated areas, you’re not attacking Hamas, you’re attacking innocent men, women and children in an attempt to wipe out the next generation and break the spirit of the current generation of rebels, its genocide and nothing else, not a war, not self defense, i know you think that you’re so clever and the rest of the world is stupid so you can do whatever you like in plain sight and we’ll buy into your bull lies, the mainstream media might be owned by your dog cousins, but the world still sees what you’re doing and sees you for who you really are, no matter how may lies you tell you will have to kill everyone in the world for the history books to record you as anything other than a disgusting, greedy plague on this earth, only interested i amassing money, resources, power and land, you won’t be happy until you own the world and you don’t care how many people you have to kill to do it, but that won’t happen, we will stand against you, you deserve every bit of hate that comes to you now for what you’ve done, what you are doing, i can’t wait to see Palestinians pissing on your graves because you and your supporters are filth and nothing more. and I’m not specifically pro-Hamas, I’m just anti-genocide, and quickly becoming anti-jew (and that’s your doing, no one else’s).

  4. Preppers Newsletter That’s your reply? first of all, you couldn’t be more racist or stereotyping if you tried, showing your true colours there 😉 secondly, i don’t drink alcohol and it would seem my mind is quite superior to yours, clearly indicated by the fact that you aren’t actually able to rebut to any of the VALID points that i made (and it’s not because I’m stupid and it’s beneath you, it’s because you don’t have any justified rebuttal), you’re just spouting hate speech nonsense in a vain attempt to reassure yourself that you and your evil brothers are justified in committing genocide.
    I don’t need to live in Palestine to see that the illegitimate state of israel are dropping bombs on innocents on purpose, we live in the age of technology, the WHOLE WORLD sees what you’ve done, what you are doing, we see what you really are, nothing more than evil cowards with weapons, well there’s no hiding for you now… 😉

  5. Preppers Newsletter Wow, you’ve just changed my mind on the entire situation (that was sarcasm, you’re lack of ANY point is just proving me right…) and yeah i’m not exactly tall, but i’m not like SHORT short either, about 5ft 9′, i don’t really see how this pertains to your role in the genocide of an innocent people though, which is what i thought we were discussing, or are you a ten year old? that would explain it…

  6. Preppers Newsletter What you’re doing right now, attacking (vainly) the poster’s character instead of actually putting forward any good points, shows that you have no good points to make, only unjustified hate, propaganda and easily debunked lies to spew at people, it also shows that out of the two of us, you have the inferior intellect, but i think the main point to remember is that you support the genocide of innocent kids and that makes you less than human, it also makes you just as little and as guilty as the ones perpetrating the genocide, you say i have done nothing? you ARE nothing, one innocent child’s life is worth a million of you.

  7. Misfired? Hamas and Hezbollah have been known to purposefully hit their own people with weaponry so they can blame Israel. After all, they’re all martyrs who will go straight to Allah, don’t you know.

  8. Patrick, since you love Muzzies so much, Little Dhimmi Whore, perhaps you should immigrate somewhere you can be closer to the barbarian terrorists who are YOUR (note the spelling) Masters. Your (again, note the spelling) next-of-kin can report on your (spelling) experience, since you’ll have been killed as a “Western Kaffir” by that time.

  9. Ann L. Lowenstein I wouldn’t say i love any religion specifically, i definitely don’t hate people blindly because of their orientation, i do hate genocide, killing of innocents and injustices like that, your own country knows the sting of the israeli government’s injustices, educate yourself with this>>>
    And your own country isn’t innocent, remember the people who were there before you? native americans, did a pretty good job of rounding them up into settlements and killing most of them, but that’s the past, nothing can be done about it, if we only take one thing from the past it’s lessons, if we continue to hate blindly, stand by and do nothing while people abuse power to kill thousands, millions, then we’ll just end up killing each other, EVERYONE, except the few richest, the most horrible people on earth, i for one don’t want that, do you?

  10. Isreal may receive setbacks but it will never be defeated – history has proven this. Statehood was granted to the Jewish people in 1948 and in fact, the land has belonged to the Jewish people for thousands of years..I am not Jewish.

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