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UN chief condemns Israeli shelling of UN school in Gaza

UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon has strongly condemned a deadly Israeli shell attack on a United Nations school in Gaza.

The compound in Beit Hanoun was being used as a shelter for hundreds of Palestinians fleeing from the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The Gaza health ministry has said that at least 15 people were killed and 200 wounded during the bombardment.

The school was the fourth UN building struck by Israeli fire and has prompted Ban to speak out.

Ban's statement said: "Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act.

"Many have been killed - including women and children, as well as UN staff."

Apart from offering his condolences to the families of civilians killed in the crossfire, Ban also "condemned Hamas rocket fire and called on Israel to exercise particular care to avoid any attack on United Nations premises where civilians have taken refuge."

Nearly 750 people have been killed in the conflict, which has gone on for 17 days.

Sources: Reuters, BBC

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