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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Military chief: Israel to expand operations 'as needed'

Israel's military chief of staff says the country's armed forces will continue expanding operations in Gaza "as needed", as the overall death toll from two weeks of fighting passes 300.

Lt Gen Benny Gantz claimed Israel had Credit: EBU

Palestinian officials said 65 Palestinians, at least 15 of them under the age of 18, have been killed since Israel sent ground forces into the densely populated enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians on Thursday.

During that time, more than 135 rockets have been fired from Gaza, though many were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome missile-defense shield, including some over the country's commercial capital Tel Aviv, causing no casualties.

The [current] state of emergency will continue in the following days, but during this time, the Israeli Home Front is conducting itself accordingly, the IDF is going in, expanding, and intensifying [its operations], doing what needs to be done. I am convinced that despite any difficulties, the upper hand is ours, and it shall continue [to be ours].

– IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz

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