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-More than 9,000 homes in Gaza have been damaged or destroyed, according to preliminary reports.
-Two of the three main UN compounds have been damaged.
-Twenty-four medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed, some hit multiple times.
-More than 130 schools and other educational facilities have sustained damage.
-Gaza's only power plant was struck on Tuesday, destroying the fuel tanks.
-Hundreds of thousands of people are without access to regular water.
The UN's top human rights official is accusing both the Israeli military and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in Gaza, where Israel is expanding its campaign to destroy Hamas rockets and tunnels.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday said that by placing and firing rockets within heavily populated areas, both sides are committing "a violation of international humanitarian law, therefore a war crime."
Pillay told reporters in Geneva she sees "a recurrence of the very acts" from the 2009 Gaza war in which the UN concluded Israel deliberately targeted civilians and might have committed war crimes, along with Hamas.
She said Israel has defied international law in Gaza by attacking civilian areas with schools, hospitals, homes and UN facilities.
"I have seen the catastrophic human cost of this war," said Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner general of UNRWA, speaking by phone from Gaza as he recalled meeting those who were wounded when a UN-run school in Jebaliya was struck by tank shells early Wednesday. According to the latest UN figures, 19 people were killed at the school.
"The precise location and co-ordinates of the school were conveyed on 17 occasions to the Israeli military, including a notification that the school was sheltering displaced persons," Krähenbühl said.
"I reiterate my condemnation of this attack in the strongest terms, reiterate also that it was a serious violation of international law and call for accountability, including the immediate launching of a transparent investigation by Israel and to share its findings," he said.
Militants rockets in schools
He said "another challenge" is the use of UNWRA buildings in Gaza to store weapons.
"On three occasions, we have found in empty UNWRA facilities rockets belonging to armed groups in Gaza. We immediately alerted all relevant parties to their existence and we strongly condemned placement of weapons in our schools," Krähenbühl said.
originally posted by: buntalanlucu
To Clarify : I believed IDF do not intentionally target civilians and also tried to avoid civilian collateral damage. But this still caused so many civilian deaths that will create grudge that last for a long time and in the end it is israel that will lose.. Would IDF blatantly target Hamas operative if there's american civilians nearby ? im sure you all know the answer to that
There was much discussion on Twitter about this being the reason for the shelling of Rafah on Friday morning, including in reports from Ynet’s military reporter Attila Somfalvi, that the words “Hannibal! Hannibal!” were shouted over military communication systems.