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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Obama warns Israel over escalation as deaths rise

Barack Obama has warned Israel of the "risks of further escalation" in Gaza.

Barack Obama speaking to reporters about the situation in the Middle East. Credit: Reuters

The US President said he had spoken to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to outline his support for Israel defending itself but did raise concerns about the loss of civilian lives in the region.

"We are hopeful that Israel will continue to approach this process in a way that minimises civilian casualties," Obama told reporters.

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