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10 die in attack on UN-run school

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At least 10 people died in a fresh strike on a United Nations-run school in Gaza yesterday shortly after Israel said it had begun withdrawing some troops from the war-torn enclave.

The strike on the school sheltering displaced Palestinians in the southern city of Rafah, came as Israel pounded the region following the suspected capture of a soldier by militants. The soldier was later declared dead.

It was the third time in 10 days that a UN school had been hit, and comes four days after Israeli tank shells slammed into a school in the northern town of Jabaliya. The second attack killed 16 and was furiously denounced by UN chief Ban Ki-moon as "reprehensible".

An AFP correspondent said there were scenes of chaos at the site, with rescuers trying to evacuate the wounded any way they could, while adults were seen sprinting frantically away through pools of blood, young children clutched in their arms.