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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Israeli shelling continues as further flights are cancelled

Clashes between Israel and Hamas continued in Gaza today, as international airlines cancelled more flights to Tel Aviv.

International airlines cancelled 80 flights, despite Israeli assurances that the Ben Gurion airport was safe.

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the hope of brokering a ceasefire.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

Space station tweets night picture of the Gaza Strip

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tweeted a night image of rockets flying between Gaza and Israel, this evening.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst said it was his "saddest photo yet."


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.

Hamas leader 'ready to accept humanitarian truce'

The Hamas leader in Gaza, Khaled Meshaal, has said he is ready to accept a humanitarian truce in the region, Reuters have reported.

Meshaal also rejected potential negotiations saying. We will not agree to a ceasefire and then negotiate. "We reject this."

He continued by saying any truce in Gaza depends on an end to the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip.

More than 600 Palestinians have been killed in the densely-populated enclave of Gaza, due to fighting with Israel.

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Israel under considerable pressure to end Gaza conflict

Israel is under considerable pressure to end the conflict in Gaza, as their death toll has risen again today to 35, 32 of which are Israeli soldiers, including a commander.

That's higher than the last two Gaza incursions combined.

Added to that the US Secretary of State John Kerry has now arrived in Israel.

He has had a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and now currently meeting the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Both he and the British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrived today at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport - an airport being avoided by many international airlines after a rocket landed less than a mile from the runway.

That suspension of flights will continue for at least 24 hours, which will clearly hurt the Israeli economy.

Many Israelis we have spoken to remain defiant in the face of that disruption.

Red Cross hold concerns over front line access

The Red Cross say they came under heavy fire today, when attempting to remove causalities from the front line.

The video shows members of the International Committee Red Cross (ICRC) and Palestinian Civil Defence members pulling away from an explosion in the besieged neighbourhood of Shejaiya, eastern Gaza City.

Larry Maybee, ICRC delegate to the armed and security forces said:

The priority now is wounded, and any civilians that are trapped in their homes.

We are a bit concerned that we are getting closer to the front line and the security situation might prevent us.

– Larry Maybee

According to the latest count more than 680 Palestinians and 34 Israelis have been killed during the conflict.


Three Israeli soldiers killed by explosives in Gaza

Israeli soldiers wounded during the offensive in Gaza, board a helicopter for evacuation. Credit: REUTERS/Yossi Aloni

Three Israeli soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip today, an Israeli Defence Force report has said.

All three were killed by explosive devices.

The soldiers were named as; Lieutenant Paz Elyahu, 22, Staff Sergeant Li Mat, 19, and Staff Sergeant Shahar Dauber, 20. The soldiers' families were notified.

More than 680 Palestinians and 32 Israelis have been killed in the conflict so far.

UN to launch international inquiry into violations in Gaza

The UN Human Rights Council has agreed to launch an international inquiry on possible war violations that may have been committed during Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza.

Further strikes by Israel littered the Gaza Strip skyline. Credit: AP

The vote showed that 29 states were in favour, with the United States voting against. There were also 17 abstentions including some European Union members.

More than 600 Palestinians have been killed in the densely-populated enclave of Gaza. Another three Israeli soldiers were reported to have been killed today, bringing the total to 32.

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