UN school in Gaza hit by shelling for second time

A United Nations school sheltering people who have fled Israeli airstrikes in Gaza has been hit by shelling from Israeli shelling, the UN said.

Fighting has now been raging for 16 days and has left more than 650 dead.

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Israel: UN condemns rocket fire that ends 5 hour truce

The United Nations has condemned rocket fire into Israel from Gaza that ended a five hour humanitarian truce, UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the UN Security Council.

Israeli soldiers stand on top of their tanks and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) across from the northern Gaza. Credit: Reuters

Mr Feltman said: "Israel has legitimate security concerns, and we condemn the indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel that ended yesterday's temporary ceasefire. But we are alarmed by Israel's heavy response."

UN General Secretary is expected to travel to the Middle East on Saturday in a bid to end Israeli, Palestinian hostilities.

Israel has intensified its land offensive in Gaza with artillery, tanks and gunboats and warned it could "significantly widen" an operation Palestinian officials said was killing ever greater numbers of civilians.

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