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 to hold emergency meeting over Gaza conflict

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon speaks at a conference condemning the Gaza conflict. Credit: Reuters

The UN is to hold an emergency meeting tonight to discuss almost two weeks of fighting in Gaza that has so far cost more than 400 lives.

Jordan requested the meeting after the bloodiest day of battle so far which claimed the lives of more than 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers.

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, who is in the Middle East in a bid to help broker a ceasefire, branded the killings an "atrocious action" and called for an immediate end to the fighting.

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