Palestinians inspect damage to houses adjacent to the fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi Mosque that was destroyed in an Israeli strike, at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no cease-fire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting.Israel's security Cabinet decided to continue its offensive in the enclave and there was no sign of a halt to a 23-day conflict in which 1,326 people, mostly civilians, have died. The Gaza Health Ministry put the number of dead in the school attack at 15, with more than 100 wounded. The United Nations said 16 people were killed in the attack. The attack was also denounced by the White House in a carefully worded statement which avoided mentioning Israel.On the Israeli side, 56 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.Mohammad Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas' armed wing, said in a broadcast message Tuesday that Palestinians would continue confronting Israel until its blockade on Gaza was lifted.
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