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Red Cross: 'Aid workers are just about coping' in Gaza

Aid workers in Gaza "are coping just about" with civilian casualties, a senior member of the Red Cross told Good Morning Britain.

Head of Communications for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Sean Maguire, said they were sending in extra doctors but warned that the conflict was now in its fourth week and "things will start to run out".

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Israel to investigate deadly shelling of Gaza UN school

Palestinians inspect the ruins of a UN-run school used to shelter refugees in Gaza.
Palestinians inspect the ruins of a UN-run school used to shelter refugees in Gaza. Credit: Reuters

Israel will investigate the shelling of a UN school in Gaza to decide whether Israeli fire was responsible for an attack which killed at least 16 people.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told BBC's Newsnight programme: "We will investigate that. And if we find that it was errant fire from Israel I'm sure we will apologise.

"It's not clear to us that it was our fire but we know for a fact there was hostile fire on our people from the vicinity of the school."

Israeli military: Mortar fire came from near UN school

Lt Col Peter Lerner from the Israeli army said they were currently reviewing what happened in this morning's "tragic" incident, when at least 15 Palestinian refugees were targeted as they slept in UN school shelter.

Speaking to ITV News Presenter Mark Austin he said what he did know at this stage is that mortar was fired at the army from near the school, and soldiers returned fire.

More: UN Gaza representative breaks down in ceasefire plea

UN Gaza representative breaks down in ceasefire plea

UN representative in Gaza Chris Gunness broke down in tears following an interview with Al Jazeera Arabic this evening, after making an impassioned plea for the rights of Palestinians and their children.

His interview begins 22 seconds into the clip.

His appeal came after the UN said the attack on a school where thousands of Palestinians had fled for shelter killed at least 15 people this morning.

Read: Gaza school shelling 'killed refugees as they slept'

The UNRWA spokesman said his staff working across Gaza are overwhelmed and called for immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for crimes against Palestinian civilians.

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The three weeks of fighting has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis.

Watch: Gaza death toll rises relentlessly with more casualties

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USA 'extremely concerned' over shelling of UN shelter

The White House said it condemned the shelling of a UN school in the Gaza strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians.

Read: White House condemns Israeli shelling of UN school

Children injured in the attack on the UN school sheltering those fleeing their homes.
Children injured in the attack on the UN school sheltering those fleeing their homes. Credit: ITV News

The US did not say Israel was responsible for the shelling, but officials in Gaza said Israel struck the school, killing 15 and wounding 90.

Read: UN says shelling of school 'a source of universal shame'

Israeli's military said it fired back after soldiers were targeted by mortar rounds launched from the vicinity of the school.

White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan also said the US is "extremely concerned" that thousands of Palestinians aren't safe in designated shelters, despite being told by Israel's military to leave their homes. She also condemned those hiding weapons in UN facilities.

All of these actions, and similar ones earlier in the conflict, are inconsistent with the UN's neutrality. This violence underscores the need to achieve a cease-fire as soon as possible.

– Bernadette Meehan

17 dead in airstrikes as Shijaiyah market is hit twice

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By ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers

In the last couple of hours there was an airstrike in Shijaiyah Market. The initial strike brought crowds of people - as you would expect trying to help the injured - along with ambulances that turned up.

And then there was a second strike in almost exactly the same place about five minutes later. All told, 17 were dead including a Palestinian journalist, with 200 injured. It brought dramatic and brutal end to the ceasefire that the Israelis had offered up - a four hour ceasefire.

Watch: 'Bloodbath' as Gaza market hit by deadly strikes

In the first two hours of that ceasefire Hamas fired 26 rockets. There have been more explosions here in Gaza in the last few minutes. There is no sign that this war is ending.

More: At least 15 dead after strikes hit shopping area

Gaza death toll rises relentlessly with more casualties

The death toll in Gaza has risen relentlessly with at least 30 more Palestinians and three more Israeli soldiers - the wounded are measured in the hundreds. Israel claimed rockets had been fired from one of the targets - a UN enclave Israel had been repeatedly told was a refuge for civilians feeling the fighting.

The wounded were taken to the same hospital that was overwhelmed last Thursday with casualties from an earlier attack.

A warning - our report contains images you may find disturbing.

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

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