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Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15 as death toll in conflict nears 800

Published on Jul 25, 2014 9:48 AM

GAZA/JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a UN-run school, killing at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip.

"Many have been killed - including women and children, as well as UN staff," he said in a statement. "Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act."

Ban later arrived at Cairo where he was expected to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been working the telephones to try to broker a truce.

A Palestinian man grieves over the death of his relatives at the morgue of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on July 24, 2014, after a UN school in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip was hit by an Israeli shell. -- PHOTO: AFP
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