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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'New quality' to Hamas weapons, says Merkel

Chancellor Merkel called for compromise. Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described a "new quality" to weapons used by Hamas against Israel, and said countries that come under attack must be allowed to defend themselves.

"Both sides must accept painful compromises but we stand by the side of Israel when it comes to self-defence," she said at a news conference in Berlin.

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