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40 killed at a UN school in the Gaza Strip

Medics in Gaza said up to 40 Palestinians were killed by Israeli tank fire at a United Nations school in...

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Medics in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza said up to 40 Palestinians were killed by Israeli tank fire at a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Hundreds of people had sought refuge there from the fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants.

Hospital officials said several more people were wounded in the attack.

Meanwhile, aid agencies said the situation in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza was "unbearable" with basic services close to collapse.

The International Red Cross said hospitals were barely able to function, and charities had warned that the people there faced a humanitarian crisis.

<place w:st="on">Middle East envoy, Tony Blair, said people were working flat out to try to get an immediate ceasefire.

“If there was a genuine and credible plan to stop the smuggling of weapons and finance into Gaza so that what comes into Gaza comes in legitimately through the crossings then I think we would give our selves the best chance of establishing a ceasefire,” said Blair.