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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UN chief's 'hopes' for end to fighting in Gaza

The UN Secretary General said it is his "hope and belief" that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel.

Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by video conference from the West Bank city of Ramallah that he could not publicly reveal details "at this highly sensitive moment".

"Suffice it to say, it is my hope and belief that these talks will lead to results and an end to the fighting in the very near future," Mr Ban said. But he warned: "Of course there are many obstacles and complexities."

Mr Ban stressed that a ceasefire without addressing the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will only delay the problem for yet another time.

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