Israeli shells struck a second UN school in Gaza, killing around 16 as ground troops are making a push in Palestinian territory although local forces try to negotiate a truce. This attach pushes the current Gaza death toll at over 1,260.
The attack comes as a Palestinian delegation including Islamic Jihad and Hamas leaders was preparing to go to Cairo in order to discuss a humanitarian ceasefire. Israel shows no sign of responding to the humanitarian initiative as military forces hit 75 Gaza targets last night.
According to a source in the region, the Israeli army had been attacking the area with heavy tank fire for over 60 minutes as the school was hit. According to UN officials, the death toll is 16 while another local spokesman declared an initial count of 20.
Mahmud Abbas, Palestinian president, declared that he was in talk with Khaled Meshaal, exiled Hamas chief, and proposed a 24 hours truce. He added that Hamas and Meshaal agreed. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri declines this statement.
Rights groups from all around the world expressed alarm at how many children victims exist. An official UNICEF statement showed that over 240 children were killed, representing 29% of all civilian casualties.