Israeli blast strikes UN school, at least 7 killed

At least 150 injured, 4th UN facility hit during Gaza conflict

Smoke and debris rises as an Israeli missile strike hits a building in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 14, 2014. Israel began airstrikes Tuesday against militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in what it says was a response to heavy rocket fire out of the densely populated territory. The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said Monday that at least 175 people have been killed in Israeli strikes, including dozens of civilians. No Israelis have been killed as a result of Hamas rocket launches. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and debris rises as an Israeli missile strike hits a building in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 14, 2014. Israel began airstrikes Tuesday against militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in what it says was a response to heavy rocket fire out of the densely populated territory. The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said Monday that at least 175 people have been killed in Israeli strikes, including dozens of civilians. No Israelis have been killed as a result of Hamas rocket launches. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – 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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