Israel says jets targeting ‘Hamas compound’ have hit a school in Gaza


An Israeli airstrike on a school in Gaza has killed dozens of people, including children, local officials say.

Israel claimed its military planes were targeting what it says was a “Hamas compound” when they struck the school.

Hamas-affiliated media said the airstrike killed at least 39 people, with local health officials saying that included at least five children.

There is conflicting information about the strike in the Nuseirat area on Thursday morning.

The Associated Press could not immediately independently confirm the details of what happened.

The Israeli military said its fighter jets struck the school run by the United Nations agency providing aid to the Palestinians, known by the acronym UNRWA.

They said, without immediately offering evidence, that Hamas and the Islamic Jihad used the school as a cover for their operations.

“Before the strike, a number of steps were taken to reduce the risk of harming uninvolved civilians during the strike, including conducting aerial surveillance, and additional intelligence information,” the Israeli military said.

The Nuseirat refugee camp is in the middle of the Gaza Strip. It is a built-up Palestinian refugee camp in central Gaza dating back to the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

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