A UN report of 30 Palestinians being killed in a house where the Israeli army had ordered them to take shelter has provoked condemnation.
Human rights groups say Israel prevented them from getting to the house for four days. Allegra Pacheco from the UN office in Jerusalem said: “We received eyewitness testimonies that on Sunday the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) evacuated about 100 people to a home in Zeitun, south of Gaza City. The next day the house was shelled and at least 33 people were killed.” One of the survivors of the bombing, which claimed the lives of many people from the same family, was a 13-year-old boy. “The Jews came to the house and beat us,” he said. “They put us in one house. Close to 150 people in a small house like this one. They put us inside and then fired at us from above.” Aid workers claim soldiers stationed within 100 metres of the house did nothing to help the victims. The army denies civilians are deliberately targeted and says it will investigate the incident if a formal complaint is received.