According to U.N. officials, today the Israeli Defense Forces shelled the United Nations Work and Relief Agency building in Gaza City, setting it on fire and ultimately destroying the building with white phosphorous. White phosophorous was banned as a weapon in 1980 under the Geneva protocol. In addition, a Reuters news agency building was also shelled by Israeli troops.
Talks continue in Cairo to discuss a possible cease-fire agreement, but little hope for peace exists in the war-torn imprisoned country. With access to Gaza cut off by Israeli troops, there is nowhere for civilians to flee to. Around 1,074 Palestinians have died in the past three weeks, nearly 700 of them civilians. More than 320 children have died since the assault began.