GAZA, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The death toll has risen to 40 Palestinians killed and dozens wounded on Tuesday afternoon when the Israeli army struck a school run by the United Nations in the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, medics said.
Mo'aweya Hassanein, chief of emergency and ambulance services in the Palestinian Health Ministry told reporters that 40 civilians were killed and dozens injured in the strike on the al-Fakhoura school in the refugee camp.
Hassanein did not say weather it was a tank shell or a warplane missile that hit the school, but several Israeli army tanks are stationed some three kilometers east and north of the camp.
But witnesses said that Israeli warplanes struck on the UN school, adding that the strike came shortly after Palestinian militants fired mortar shells from an area near the school at Israeli army ground forces stationed north of the camp.
Hassanein said that the death toll in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on Dec. 27 has hit more than 600 with over 2,700 wounded.