A Palestinian man cries after identifying the body of his loved one, killed in an Israeli strike, inside the morgue of Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Fifteen Palestinians were killed Thursday when an Israeli shell slammed into an UNRWA school where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge, pushing the death toll to 788 .The strike hit a school sheltering some of the 100,000 Palestinians driven out of their homes in search of a safe haven after weeks of deadly fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants.Gaza's Health Ministry had issued a call earlier Thursday for international protection for civilians in the area, saying anyone leaving home was being targeted by Israeli fire.The Israeli military reported Thursday that it had destroyed more than 30 cross-border tunnels since it began the ground offensive last week.The Red Cross said it had negotiated agreement with the two sides to take a convoy of 10 ambulances into the battered Khuzaa district, which has seen intensive fighting between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants over the past 24 hours.Later Thursday the group claimed that an Israeli special unit was ambushed east of Shejaiya, four Israeli soldiers died and several others were wounded, according to the Quds News website.
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