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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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'Israel must act in a proportionate way,' says Hammond

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says civilians in Gaza must be protected. Credit: PA

Israel must act in a "proportionate" way in its actions in Gaza but has the right to defend itself, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

He added Britain "will be looking very carefully" to make sure that civilians are being protected as Israeli troops continued their offensive.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show he said: "Israel has a right to defend itself against these rocket attacks coming from Gaza, but it must do so in a way that is proportionate and it must take all measures necessary to prevent unnecessary loss of civilian life."

Mr Hammond said the international community was trying to "stop the bloodshed, re-impose a ceasefire and then find a longer-term solution" to ensure conflict does not flare up every few years.

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