At least 7 killed as Israeli fire hits UN school in Gaza amid heavy fighting

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Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade in the face of U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire. (July 24)

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza health officials say at least seven people were killed when Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip during clashes with Palestinian militants.

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

The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that seven people were killed by tank shells at the school in the northern town of Beit Hanoun.

Thursday's incident was 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.

UNRWA, the Palestinian refugee agency, has said it has found militant rockets inside two vacant schools.

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