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Israeli fire hits UN school in Gaza, killing 15

Displaced Palestinians sleep on the ground at a U.N. school in the refugee camp of Jabalia where families fleeing heavy fighting in the besieged Palestinian territory have taken refuge July 23, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mohammad Abed)

GAZA CITY: Gaza health officials say the death toll from an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip has risen to at least 15.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the 15 were among hundreds of people seeking shelter in the school in Beit Hanoun from heavy fighting in the area. At least 150 people were injured.

Thursday's strike is the fourth time a U.N. facility has been hit in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, which is ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. But it's the first time casualties have been reported.

 

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