Another United Nations school hit in Gaza fighting

Israel now says ‘kidnapped’ soldier died in battle

Gaza/Jerusalem: At least 10 people were killed on Sunday in a fresh Israeli strike on a UN school sheltering displaced Palestinians in southern Gaza even as Israel began withdrawing some troops from the coastal strip with the Palestinian death toll reaching 1,766.

Gaza’s health ministry spokesman, Ashraf al-Qidra, said the attack on UN school left 30 persons injured in Rafah, which straddles the border with Egypt.The Israel Defence Forces said that Operation Protective Edge was still “ongoing” but only undergoing “re-assessment and re-organisation” as per Israel's security needs.

“The operation is not over, it is pretty much ongoing. We are only re-assessing and re-organising troops constantly based on our security needs”, an IDF spokesman , Capt Ronnie Kaplan said.

Emphasising that the IDF is “evaluating the pros and cons of deployment in various areas of Gaza”, Kaplan asserted that neutralising the “terror tunnels” is a priority and Israel will not withdraw till the end. Other security sources said the infiltration tunnels had been more or less identified and destroying them was a matter of “very few days”.

( Source : PTI )
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