Israel-Gaza conflict: University hit as Palestinians endure more than 200 strikes in 24 hours

Israeli forces claimed there was a 'weapons development centre' at the site

A university in Gaza has been bombed in the latest round of shelling by Israeli forces that hit more than 200 targets.

It is not yet known whether any teachers or students from the Islamic University of Gaza were injured in the overnight strike, which the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) claimed hit a “weapons development centre”.

Palestinian health officials said at least 35 people had been killed by Saturday morning after more than 200 strikes in 24 hours.

Five mosques, which the IDF said contained "multiple Hamas command and training facilities" were among the targets.

The university was previously hit in the 2008 Gaza War, when the Israeli military again claimed that science facilities were being used by Hamas to develop and store weapons.

Hamas and the university denied the allegations and a UN investigation into the 2008 conflict disputed the Israeli claims, concluding: “These were civilian, educational buildings and the Mission did not find any information about their use as a military facility or their contribution to a military effort that might have made them a legitimate target in the eyes of the Israeli armed forces.”

The university offers courses in disciplines including medicine, engineering, nursing, science, arts and law as well as Islamic studies.

The southern town of Rafah was targeted today as troops searched for an officer they believe was captured by Hamas in an ambush during the humanitarian ceasefire on Friday. Both sides have accused each other of breaching the peace.

Lt Hadar Goldin is said to be a cousin of the Defence Minister Lt Hadar Goldin was allegedly kidnapped by Hamas during a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire Rafah's main hospital has been evacuated because of the strikes and the death toll is still being counted.

Hamas denied capturing 23-year-old Hadar Goldin and said he may have been killed in a clash with Hamas fighters about an hour before the start of the truce.

Fierce battles continued on Friday near the site of the alleged capture, where Israeli soldiers have been attempting to find and destroy tunnels near the border used by Hamas fighters.

More than 1,600 Palestinians have been killed and 8,000 wounded since the start of the conflict on 8 July and a UN report found that most strike victims were civilians, including many children.

Israel has lost 63 soldiers and three civilians, its highest death toll since the 2006 Lebanon War.

Since fighting began, militants have fired more than 3,000 rockets into Israel from Gaza, reaching major cities and forcing millions to seek cover.

Additional reporting by PA

Read more: Dozens killed in strikes as hunt for missing soldier continues
ISRAEL-HAMAS 72-HOUR CEASEFIRE CRUMBLES
Revealed - Britain’s 'role' in arming Israel
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
News
peopleMathematician John Nash inspired the film Beautiful Mind
News
Richard Blair is concerned the trenches are falling into disrepair
newsGeorge Orwell's son wants to save war site that inspired book
Life and Style
Audrey Hepburn with Hubert De Givenchy, whose well-cut black tuxedo is a 'timeless look'
fashionIt may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
Arts and Entertainment
The pair in their heyday in 1967
music
Life and Style
fashionFrom bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine