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UNRWA says southern Gaza facility hit by navy strike, no casualties

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini arrives at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023.  (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini arrives at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees says that Israel’s navy struck one of its facilities in southern Gaza, despite sharing coordinates with warring parties.

The agency, known as UNRWA, said Sunday’s strike caused “significant damage” to its guesthouse in Rafah, adding that no casualties were reported since UN staff left the facility 90 minutes before the attack.

They did not say what prompted their staff to leave. Israel has accused Hamas of using UN facilities as a cover for weapons and fighters.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.

“This recent attack is yet another indication that nowhere in Gaza is safe. Not the north, not the middle areas and not the south,” says UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.

UNRWA says it has shared the coordinates of the UN international staff guesthouse twice with the warring parties, including on Nov. 10.

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