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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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UN chief to visit Middle East as death toll passes 300

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is due to arrive in the Middle East today in a bid to ease tensions between Israel and Gaza, as the death toll in the conflict exceeded 300.

Israeli tanks are seen in the northern Gaza strip. Credit: Reuters

Palestinian officials said 65 Palestinians had been killed since Israel launched a ground offensive on Thursday, pushing the death toll past 300.

Mr Ban's visit would attempt to help both sides "end the violence and find a way forward", UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman said.

He added that the UN was "alarmed by Israel's heavy response" to "indiscriminate" rocket fire from Gaza.

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