Israeli forces move near 110 Palestinians into a house and shell it repeatedly 24 hours later, killing about 30 people, a UN reports says.
"According to several testimonies, on 4 January Israeli foot soldiers evacuated approximately 110 Palestinians into a single-residence house in Zeitun (half of whom were children) warning them to stay indoors," AFP quoted the United Nations' report as saying on Friday.
"Twenty-four hours later, Israeli forces shelled the home repeatedly, killing approximately 30," the report added.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called the bombardment as "one of the gravest incidents after the beginning of Israeli onslaught on Gaza since December 27.
"Those who survived and were able walked two kilometers to Salah
Ed Din road before being transported to hospital in civilian vehicles. Three children, the youngest of whom was five months old, died upon arrival at the hospital," OCHA said.
However, Israeli military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said: "From initial checking, we don't have knowledge of this incident. We started an inquiry but we still don't know about it."
Israel has been pounding the coastal enclave on the fourteenth day of war on Gaza despite the UN Security Council's binding resolution which has called for an immediate and durable ceasefire and the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the coastal enclave.
Since Israel launched "Operation Cast Lead", 783 people have been killed and nearly 3,200 others have been wounded, Palestinian emergency services report.