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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Labour: 'UK Government should oppose Gaza invasion'

The shadow foreign secretary has said a deal between Israel and Hamas will inevitably be reached in the end so the Government should oppose a ground invasion of Gaza.

Labour: 'UK Government should oppose Gaza invasion'. Credit: PA Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Douglas Alexander said the variable involved would be the number of children and civilians killed by the fighting before both sides eventually reach an uneasy truce and urged Tobias Ellwood, the new Middle East minister, to signal a shift in position.

Last week I warned an Israeli ground operation in Gaza would bring more suffering for the Palestinians and would be a strategic error for Israel.

– Douglas Alexander

But Mr Ellwood said the Government was working towards a ceasefire and said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond would fly to the region shortly.

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