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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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Netanyahu: Civilian deaths 'terribly saddening'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: Sellem Marc Israel/ABACA/Press Association Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview NBC Nightly News said Israel was right to send soldiers into Gaza.

"We have to defend ourselves. We try to do it with a minimum amount of force or with targeting military targets as best as we can. But we'll act to defend ourselves. No country can live like this", he said.

He added: "It's very saddening to see any of these civilian deaths is terribly saddening [...] I can tell that we opened up hospitals, a field hospital, a humanitarian field hospital on the edge of Gaza and Hamas doesn't let the people come there."

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