Israel Military Launches Ground Operation

Gaza was rocked by a series of Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire late Thursday, hours after a temporary humanitarian truce came to an end. The attacks included an airstrike that killed three Palestinian children feeding pigeons on their roof. Rockets were also fired from Gaza into Israel and a Hamas-run television channel reported that Palestinian militants had successfully sent several armed drones over the border.

The United Nations relief agency in the region issued a strong condemnation Thursday after it found 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school it owns in the Gaza Strip. “UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations,” it said in a statement. “This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of [our] premises under international law,” it said, adding that the incident “which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA's vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees.”

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