Israeli tank fire hits a U.N.-run school, killing up to 40 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, witnesses and medical officials said.
It is the second deadly Israeli airstrike to hit a U.N. school in the past few hours.
Two tank shells exploded outside the school, spraying shrapnel on people inside and outside the building, where hundreds of Palestinians had sought refuge from Israeli bombs and assaults.
Reuters journalists filmed bodies scattered on the ground amid pools of blood and torn shoes and clothes. A donkey also lay on the ground in its own blood.
Doctors said all the dead were either people sheltering in the school or residents of Jabalya refugee camp, in the north of the Gaza Strip.
In addition to the dead, several dozen people were wounded, the hospital officials said.
Earlier in the day, an Israeli air strike killed three Palestinians at another school administered by the United Nations in the Gaza Strip.
Medical officials in Gaza said more than 598 Palestinians had been killed since Israel launched its offensive against Gaza on Dec. 27.
The school was turned into a shelter for people displaced by Israel's offensive against Gaza.
Israel has targeted mosques, hospitals, houses, killing hundreds of Palestinian women, children in eleven days of bombardments into Gaza.
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