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Outrage by UN as Deadly Strike by Israel Military Hits a Third School

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his outrage on Sunday after a third deadly strike on another U.N. school over the last ten days, being used for shelter and displaced families, killed at least 10 people and wounded 35. in the southern city of Rafah.

Palestinians help a man injured after the Israeli military strike on a UN school in Rafah.
Palestinians help a man injured after the Israeli military strike on a UN school in Rafah.
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With blood on his sandals and on the ground, a Palestinian man runs with an injured child after the Israeli military strike on a UN school in Rafah Sunday morning
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Ban condemned the attack on Sunday as a "moral outrage and a criminal act" saying "This madness must stop."

According to the BBC, the attack hit the entrance of the school where people were waiting in line for food and supplies.

The New York Times reported it was a photojournalist who was an eyewitness to the attack said it seemed to him the target was a motorcycle near the entrance of the school.

Another eyewitness to the missile attack the New York Times reported was Mohammed Muafai who was working in the school at the time of the incident said two grounds, two guards and a sanitation worker were seen lying on the ground. Muafai also said seven more people died that included one selling flavored ice.

Meanwhile with no end to the fighting in sight and the Gaza Strip is on the brink of catastrophe after at least a half-million have been made homeless, Medical supplies are running out and Morgues are overflowing.

A nightmare scenario for the Israeli army ended on Saturday when army spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed that Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, who was thought to have been kidnapped by Hamas was officially declared dead ending the fear that he would be held for ransom. Lerner said when DNA tests were done "on items found on the field" it was determined Goldin had died during the clashes with Hamas fighters on Friday when Hamas used a suicide belt to attack Israeli soldiers when coming out of a tunnel.

“We can’t determine if he was killed on the ground or from the blast,” Colonel Lerner said. “The indications on the ground are that he was killed in the initial attack.There were remains found also in the tunnel. That led us to think that there is the possibility that” the Hamas may “have body parts.”

After the Goldin family was notified about the confirmed death of Lieutenant Goldin, they were seen singing the Israeli national anthem as some burst into tears. The Lieutenant was a relative of Israel Defense minister Moshe Yaalon who lectures at Tel Aviv University. According to The New York Times, that information was censored out of concern Hamas would demand a higher price for the officer's return.

The funeral for Goldin and his family is expected to be later on Sunday. Yaalon posted on Twitter in Hebrew on Sunday, "Hadar Goldin of blessed memory was a member of my family. I have known him since he was born. He and IDF fighters who fell went to battle to return the quiet and the security to Israel. I embrace the families.”