As Many As 70 People Killed in Gaza During Israeli Shelling
The Red Cross is reporting that at least 70 people were killed in Gaza after being ordered into a large house by Israeli soldiers and then bombed the next morning.
As many as eight wounded survivors were left behind as the aid workers came under fire by the Israeli military, which took the town on Saturday night.
They said that after the Israeli army first took the town on Saturday night soldiers had ordered about 100 members of the clan to gather in a single house owned by Wael Samouni around dawn on Sunday.
At 6.35am on Monday the house was repeatedly shelled with appalling loss of civilian life.
A handful of survivors, some wounded, others carrying dead or dying infants, made it on foot to Gaza's main north-south road before they were given lifts to hospital. Three small children were buried in Gaza City that afternoon.
Meanwhile, along with the UN calling for a ceasefire, which Israel has denied, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an independent war crimes investigation in response to the allegation.
Pillay went further in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp., saying an incident in Gaza City this week "appears to have all the elements of war crimes."
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Israeli troops evacuated Palestinian civilians to a house in the Zeitoun neighborhood on Jan. 4, then shelled the building 24 hours later.
NowPublic staffer Dave Keating posted about the United Nations ceasefire call earlier this morning:
Israel indicated today that it will ignore a UN resolution calling for an immediate cease fire to the bombing of Gaza. Israel still enjoys the support of the US, which has not called for an end to the bombing.
NowPublic member Saaer posted the decleartion by the UN in his story here:
The United Nations Security Council approved Gaza Strip ceasefire resolution number 1860.
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