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Rocket 'strikes residential building' in Ashkelon

The Israeli Defence Forces says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a residential building in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

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A rocket fired from Gaza hit an apartment building in the Israeli city of Ashkelon this morning. http://t.co/WDiRbpeb5C

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The IDF said another three missiles had been intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system.

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A short while ago, the Iron Dome intercepted 3 rockets over the Ashkelon area.

Read: Palestinian death toll in Gaza 'passes 800'

Palestinian death toll in Gaza 'passes 800'

The overall death toll in Gaza has now reached 808, according to Palestinian officials.

A recent strike on a UN-run school in the town of Beit Hanoun is reported to have killed 19 people, although it is not yet clear who was responsible for the attack.

The UN has called for an "immediate investigation" into the incident.

Read: School strike 'could have been Palestinian mistake'

Israel has also announced the death of one of its soldiers, Yair Ashkenazy, who was fighting in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The 36-year-old is the 33rd member of the Israeli military to have died in the conflict so far.

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IDF: Rocket sirens sound in Tel Aviv

Rocket sirens have sounded in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial centre, according to a tweet from the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

The IDF also said two rockets had been intercepted above central Israel.

The Israeli authorities say Hamas militants have fired over 2,000 rockets at Israel since the beginning of the conflict.

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Two rockets were intercepted above central Israel in the last volley.

Read: ITV News photo shows trail of rocket smoke over Gaza

ITV News photo shows trail of rocket smoke over Gaza

ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers has seen the the trail from what appear to be Hamas rockets fired towards Israel from inside the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli government says Hamas militants have fired over 2,000 rockets at Israel since the beginning of the conflict.

The trail from what are believed to be rockets fired by Hamas from inside Gaza.
The trail from what are believed to be rockets fired by Hamas from inside Gaza. Credit: Dan Rivers/ITV News

Read: The victims' haunting faces will stay with me forever

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WHO calls for 'humanitarian corridor' in Gaza

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a "humanitarian corridor" in Gaza to let aid workers and medical supplies in and evacuate the wounded.

Children in Gaza being treated by medical staff.
Children in Gaza being treated by medical staff. Credit: Sean Swan/ITV News

"WHO calls for the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of the injured, as well as for the supply of life-saving medicines," the organisation said in a statement.

"The humanitarian corridor should extend to protect the safe passage of patients to access crossing points and exit outside the Gaza Strip for medical care," it added.

The WHO also said that four hospitals in Gaza had been damaged since Israel launched a military operation on July 8th.

School strike 'could have been Palestinian mistake'

Israel's deputy foreign minister has said the strike on a UN school in Gaza could have been the result of an errant rocket fired by Palestinian militants.

The strike is reported to have killed 15 people in the town of Beit Hanoun, although it has yet to be established who was responsible.

The UN Relief and Works Agency has called for an "immediate investigation" into the incident.

Tzachi Hanegbi said either Israel or Palestinian militants could have been responsible for shelling the school.
Tzachi Hanegbi said either Israel or Palestinian militants could have been responsible for shelling the school. Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Tzachi Hanegbi told Radio 4's Today programme: "I don't know who caused this mistake.

"Some say it was an Israeli mistake, maybe it was a Palestinian mistake, because as you know every six rockets that Hamas is shooting at us falls in Gaza unfortunately for them."

Read: The victims' haunting faces will stay with me forever

UN agency calls for probe into shelling of Gaza school

The UN Relief and Works Agency has called for an "immediate investigation" into an attack on a school in Gaza that reportedly left 15 people dead.

Read: Israel's 'errant fire could have caused school shelling'

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UNRWA calls 4 immediate #BeitHanoun investigation 2 ensure circumstances & responsibilities r comprehensively & irrefutably established RT

Spokesman Chris Gunness also tweeted that there was "no evidence" that there were rockets in the school in the town of Beit Hanoun.

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Just to be clear: there is no evidence whatsoever that there were rockets in the school at Beit Hanoun in #Gaza yesterday RT

Two hundred wounded in clashes in the West Bank

Three protesters are in a critical condition and 200 more have been wounded during clashes in the West Bank, Palestinian medical officials said.

Thousands took to the streets to protest after the Palestinian death toll nearly surpassed 800.
Thousands took to the streets to protest after the Palestinian death toll nearly surpassed 800. Credit: RTV

The Israeli military confirmed troops had used "riot dispersal means" against protesters who threw rocks and firebombs at them and blocked a road with burning tyres.

Protests erupted over Israel's war against Hamas militants in Gaza where the Palestinian death toll has now neared 800.

Reuters reported the protest involving 10,000 people was the largest since the end of the Palestinian uprising between 2000 and 2005.

Soldiers are attacked with firebombs as clashes in Gaza continued into the night.
Soldiers are attacked with firebombs as clashes in Gaza continued into the night. Credit: RTV
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