NEW INFORMATION: Israel says Hamas missiles may have caused deaths

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel says it's looking into what happened at a compound containing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip, where at least 15 people died today and dozens were wounded.

Palestinian officials say the victims had been trying to find refuge from the fighting outside, and that they were killed by Israeli tank shells.

But Israel says rockets launched by Hamas had landed in the area, and that those rockets may be responsible for the deaths.

The attack left pools of blood in the school courtyard, amid scattered books and belongings.

A Hamas spokesman accuses Israel of "committing massacres." Israel says Hamas puts Palestinians in danger by hiding weapons and fighters in civilian areas.

There's been heavy fighting today throughout Gaza. The violence continues amid international efforts to arrange a cease-fire. Hamas has reiterated its demand that Israel and Egypt lift the blockade of Gaza before there can be a cease-fire.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza health officials say the death toll from an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip has risen to at least 15.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the 15 were among hundreds of people seeking shelter in the school in Beit Hanoun from heavy fighting in the area. At least 150 people were injured.

Thursday's strike is 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. But it's the first time casualties have been reported.

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