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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US 'supports' Israel, but pledges $47m aid to Gaza

US Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push on to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, but senior US officials acknowledged this would be difficult.

After meeting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mr Kerry told reporters that the US would provide $47 million in humanitarian aid to help Gaza residents.

We're deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel's appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself. No country can stand by when rockets are attacking it.

But always, in any kind of conflict, there is a concern about civilians - about children, women, communities that are caught in it.

– US Secretary of State John Kerry

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