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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Gaza death toll rises to 568 including 100 children

Israel continued its assaults in the Gaza Strip killing three Palestinians in as many air strikes, as the US Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Egypt to seek a ceasefire in the 14-day-old conflict "as soon as possible."

Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City. Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

Deaths in Khan Younis, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya saw the Palestinian death toll reach 539, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians, since the offensive was launched on July 8, Gaza health officials said.

Israel's death toll also rose to 29, with two soldiers killed in the past day of fighting, the Israeli military said. The total includes two civilian killed by rocket fire.

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