Israeli attack on Gaza refugee camp kills 17, mostly children
GAZA: (Web Desk) At least 17 people have been killed in an Israeli attack on Gaza’s Bureij refugee camp, including 14 women and children, who were playing in the street.

 Earlier today, Al Jazeera reported on an Israeli army attack on the home of the Freih family in the central Gaza refugee camp of Nuseirat, which its correspondent said had killed 7 people.

In a statement, the Gaza Government Media Office now says that 17 members of the family were killed in this attack, including 14 women and children.

This attack brings the death toll from Israeli attacks on central Gaza refugee camps to 29 within the last few hours, the ministry added.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health says in a statement that Ghassan Gharib Zahran, 13 years old, died of wounds he received after he was shot by soldiers in the town of Deir Abu Mishal, in the Ramallah district.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese armed group said its fighters have attacked Israel’s military site in the vicinity of al-Marj near the Lebanon-Israel border.

The artillery shelling achieved a “direct hit”, the group claimed in a statement on Telegram, without elaborating on the results.

Earlier today, Hezbollah published a video showing drone surveillance footage of Israeli military bases in the occupied Golan Heights, including military command headquarters, artillery positions and Iron Dome platforms and radars.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi has held a joint news conference with Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini of the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, in Amman.

The ability of UNRWA to carry out its role in Gaza has diminished due to the obstacles imposed by the [Israeli] occupation on the agency.

UNRWA is a humanitarian agency that cannot be replaced, as no other organisation can do what it is doing now in Gaza.

UNRWA plays a heroic role in Gaza to help people who are subjected to brutal aggression.

UNRWA’s survival is essential amid the humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s attempt to assassinate UNRWA politically is part of its attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

Jordan stands with all its capabilities to provide the necessary support to UNRWA.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini and the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi have held a joint news conference in Amman.

Here are some of Lazzarini’s comments:

At least 10 children lose a limb every day in Gaza due to the continuing aggression.

Nearly 17,000 children are no longer accompanied by their families.

What is happening in Gaza is a flagrant violation of international law and must be investigated.

Half of the UN agency’s schools in Gaza have been bombed even though Israeli forces have the coordinates that are known by everyone.

More than 600,000 students in Gaza live amid the destruction without any education.

More than half of UNRWA’s facilities in Gaza have been destroyed.

Those responsible for the attacks on the agency in an attempt to dismantle it and end its role in Gaza must be held accountable.

There will be an event in September to raise resources for the agency after a number of donors halted funding.