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Israeli military claims Hamas rockets hit UN school

The Israeli military has told ITV News that Hamas rockets may have hit a school in Beit Hanoun where over a dozen fatalities have been reported.

A UN spokesman in Gaza earlier accused Israeli defence forces of attacking the school, despite having been given the exact co-ordinates of the facility.

ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine reports:

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IDF tell #ITVnews Hamas rockets landed in Beit Hanoun in Gaza, possibly hitting UN school where 15 at least killed

Read: Children 'lying in pools of blood' after school attack

At least 16 dead in attack on UN school in Gaza

At least 16 people have been killed after a reported Israeli attack on a UN school in the northern Gaza strip, local media reports.

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School children are treated by medical staff after the shelling. Credit: ITV News/Sean Swan

The school was being used to shelter hundreds of people from the ongoing violence in the region.

ITV News witnessed children "lying in pools of blood" in the aftermath of the shelling.

Scattered books and belongings were seen scattered across courtyard within the facility.

Children 'lying in pools of blood' after school attack

Injured children have been seen lying in "pools of blood" after an attack at a school acting as a shelter in Gaza.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers, who is at a hospital where the victims are being treated, tweeted:

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I just can’t get over what I have just witnessed at the Kamal Odwan hospital in #Gaza so many injured children http://t.co/HJCcVRix0z

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Read: Scores injured after Israel attacks UN civilian shelter

Scores injured after Israel attacks UN civilian shelter

Adnan Abu Hassna, the UN spokesman in Gaza told ITV News that the Israeli military attacked a school acting as a shelter at around half two this afternoon.

Children are lined up inside West Hospital, Beit Ahoun, in Gaza.
Children are lined up inside the hospital in Beit Ahoun, Gaza. Credit: Sean Swan/ITV News

Read: UN confirms multiple dead after Israeli attack

The Beit Hanoun elementary school had around 800 people, mostly women and children, inside when the attack took place.

Mr Hassna said the UN had provided the exact co-ordinates of the school to the Israeli military, so they are surprised by the attack.

A three month old baby is treated for schrapnel wounds.
A three month old baby is treated for schrapnel wounds. Credit: Sean Swan

The attack is thought to have come from a tank, or artillery. Local media are reporting 16 people have died and 10 have been injured.

ITV News, filming in the nearby Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Hanoun, observed scores of injured children requiring treatment.

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UN confirms multiple dead after Israeli attack

A United Nations spokesperson has confirmed that multiple people people have died following an attack an a UN school being used as a shelter in Beit Hanoun, Gaza.

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Confirm multiple dead and injured at designated UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun RT

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Precise co-ordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun had been formally given to the Israeli army RT

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Over the course of the day UNRWA tried 2 coodinate with the Israeli Army a window for civilians 2 leave & it was never granted RT

Read: Israeli shelling of UN school 'kills at least 13'

Israeli shelling of UN school 'kills at least 13'

The shelling of a UN school by the Israeli military has killed at least 13 people, NBC's Richard Engel reports.

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UN school attacked in north gaza.. 13 at least killed. Bloody desks. Blood on ground. Terrified children.

Read: UN school used as shelter in Gaza hit for the second time

Destroyed streets in Gaza deserted as strikes continue

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers has arrived in Gaza, to find the streets empty of people but filled with rubble from the buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes and shelling.

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In the first 15 minutes I saw just 3 people on streets of Gaza but plenty evidence of this brutal war http://t.co/MeVnnE6x4o

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