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Official: 13 killed by shells at Gaza school

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.

Smoke rises from Gaza Strip
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Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said another 40 Palestinians were wounded in the shelling early Wednesday.

Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency, says tank shells hit the Abu Hussein U.N. school in the Jabaliya refugee camp around 4:30 a.m.

An AP reporter who arrived later at the school saw what appeared to be tank shells in a bathroom and two classrooms.

The incident comes a day after Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault in the bloodiest day of the three-week Gaza war, destroying key symbols of Hamas control and shutting down the territory’s only power plant.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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