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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Abbas tells Kerry: Israel's war is without justification

The Palestinian president has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel's offensive in Gaza is a "war without justification".

John Kerry pictured with Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas today. Credit: Facebook/President Mahmoud Abbas

Speaking after meeting Kerry in Ramallah, Mahmoud Abbas accused the Israelis of forging "a war against the Palestinian people".

Mr Kerry said the US would continue to push for a ceasefire in the conflict that has killed at least 687 Palestinians and 32 Israelis.

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