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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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'At least 65 dead' in bloodiest day of Gaza offensive

Tens of people were killed in Shijaiyah and many more bodies were believed buried under the rubble of homes. Credit: PA

Fighting against Hamas militants in Gaza has left at least 65 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, Palestinian health officials reported.

Palestinians medic inspect the damage in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood that came under fire as Israel widened its ground offensive. Credit: PA

As air and artillery strikes echo across the city for hours it is estimated the number of displaced residents now stands at 35,000.

A Palestinian woman runs as she flees Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood. Credit: PA

At least 420 Palestinians and 18 Israelis have died in the near two-week conflict which escalated as UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to the region to try to revive ceasefire efforts.

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