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EU’s top diplomat wants investigation into Israeli strike on Gaza school

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Borrell’s call came after an Israeli strike on a U.N.-run school in central Gaza in the early hours of Thursday morning killed more than 30 people, mostly women and children, according to U.N. and local hospital officials, the Associated Press reported.

In striking the al-Sardi School in the Nuseirat refugee camp, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it had been targeting Hamas militants who were “embedded” at the school, adding in a statement on X that it had taken “a number of steps” to avoid civilian casualties.

The IDF has repeatedly accused Hamas of operating from civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals.

Local officials and witnesses said hundreds of displaced Palestinians had been sheltering at the school, which is run by the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

UNRWA communications director Juliette Touma told NBC the death toll from the strike was between 35 and 45, but did not confirm an exact number.

More than 35,000 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed since Israel started its attacks on the Gaza Strip last October, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. Israel launched its offensive in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack that killed 1,200 Israelis and took about 250 hostage.

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