GAZA, July 24 (Xinhua) -- At least 16 people were killed and dozens injured, who took refuge to a school in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, after Israeli army tanks shelled the school, paramedics and witnesses said.
Witnesses, who were in the school, run by the United Nations for Relief and Work Agency, said Israeli tanks fired four shells at the school, and there are dozens of people who were killed or wounded.
Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of Health Ministry in Gaza, told reporters that "it is a real massacre, and I can say there are at least 16 people killed, seven of them are children."
He said that death toll grew to more than 750 since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and 4,650 injured, the majority of them are civilians, including women and children.
Sobheya al-Kafarna, who was injured and survived the Israeli shelling on the school, said "we were inside the school, some were in the classrooms and some were outside in the yard, and suddenly four tanks shells hit us."
"We are not terrorists; they (Israelis) are the terrorists who kill children in cold blood. We escaped from our houses after they told us to evacuate it, and we went to this school, and they also shelled us," said al-Kafarna.
Meanwhile, Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said in an emailed press statement that targeting the UN-run school and " committing an awful massacre against children by the Israeli occupation is a big war crime."
"Israel will pay a very heavy price for committing all these crimes against the populations, mainly women and children," said Barhoum.