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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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Two Israeli soldiers and 10 Palestinians killed in clashes

Israel's military has killed a further 10 Palestinians continuing it offensive against the Gaza Strip amid diplomatic pressure to end the worst violence in five years between Hamas and Israel.

Palestinians react after warning Israeli air strikes hit a building in Gaza City. Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

Plumes of dark black smoke rose into the sky above Gaza, and shells continued to rain down on the coastal enclave, while Hamas and its allies fired 11 rockets across the border into southern Israel, the army said.

With the conflict entering its third week, the Palestinian death toll rose to almost 550, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians, Gaza health officials said. The Israeli military said it had killed 183 militants. Israel's military announced the deaths of two more soldiers, bringing the number of army fatalities to 27.

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