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Gaza assault rages on as Israel prepares truce

January 17, 2009

Israeli tank shells killed six Palestinians at a United Nations-run school in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, Palestinian medical workers said, as Israel was poised to call a unilateral ceasefire to its 22-day-old assault that has left more than 1, 300 people dead.

From Al Arabia

Medical workers said a woman and a child were killed when a first shell hit the school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), where people had taken shelter from fighting.

Witnesses said other shells struck nearby as people tried to escape and four more were killed.

About 45,000 Gazans are sheltering in U.N.-run schools in the enclave.

In a second incident in northwest Gaza City, three Palestinians were killed by a tank shell that landed in a residential area, medical workers said.

More than 1,300 Palestinians have been killed and 5,100 wounded since Israel began attacking Gaza with an air blitz on Dec. 27, then moved in with ground forces a week later.

Israel says ten soldiers and three civilians have died in the either street clashes or Hamas rocket fire.

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