Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the militant Hamas movement have intensified as the death toll in the 18-day-old conflict continues to climb.
More than 800 Palestinians have now been killed, as well as 34 Israelis.
Gaza faced more Israeli shelling and air strikes overnight, while Israeli towns raised the alarm over Hamas rockets Friday morning.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to discuss with Israel’s security cabinet.
In the latest incident to incite tensions, a shelling of an United Nations-run school shelter on Thursday left at least 15 people dead.
The deaths prompted outrage from Palestinians and from the UN, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling it “totally unacceptable”.
Meanwhile, Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, has announced it shelled Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport with three rockets, the second attack in a week on the Israel’s main international airport.
An Israeli military spokesperson confirmed that rockets were fired towards the airport from the Gaza Strip today.
No fewer than 15 people have been reportedly killed and 200 injured as an Israeli shells hit a United Nations (UN) school in northern Gaza that was being used as an emergency shelter.
The Gaza health minitry later said that 15 were confirmed dead, and 200 injured.
The AFP reported a UN official as confirming “multiple dead and injured”.
Israel has attacked UN schools before, saying that they were safe havens for the armed Palestinians.
The UN has criticised the Palestinian groups various times for using UN schools to hide fighters and weapons.
A witness who arrived at the Kamal Adwan hospital after the attack told Al Jazeera news agency that they were sitting in the school, because they were told it was safe.
“By God, there was not a single fighter, not a single shot was fired from the school. Why did they shoot at the school? Why? Can someone explain that to me? Why would they shell the school?”
As overnight air strikes in southern Gaza killed more than 30 members of two families in Khan Younis and Rafah the UN Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Sunday’s late-night UN Security Council session was convened at the request of Jordan, which is understood to have proposed a strongly worded draft resolution for consideration.
It comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Cairo for talks on the crisis amid a mounting death toll.
More than 500 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed since the Israeli offensive began 13 days ago, Gaza’s health ministry says.
Sunday (July 20) was the deadliest day since the start of Israel’s offensive, with 13 Israeli soldiers and more than 100 Palestinians killed.
Israel says it has killed at least 120 militants since Thursday night when it launched a ground offensive, the second phase of a military operation that began on 8 July.
Health ministers from 11 countries in West Africa have embraced a strategy to fight a deadly Ebola outbreak.
This was decided at an emergency meeting called by the World Health Organization WHO in Ghana, as ministers promised better collaboration to fight what has become the world’s deadliest outbreak to date.
The virus infected toll so far is over 750 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and 467 of them have died. Under the new strategy, the W.H.O. will open a sub-regional control centre in Guinea to co-ordinate technical support.
Keiji Fukuda, W.H.O.’s assistant director-general of health security, said it was impossible to give a clear answer on how far the epidemic could spread as he expects that they were going to be dealing with the outbreak, from a few months to several months.
Educating people is viewed is a better option to closing borders as the most effective way to contain the virus.
The W.H.O. has already sent experts into but says political commitment is needed from the region to controlling and stopping the outbreak.
Ebola which kills up to 90% of those infected is spread through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids and there is no vaccine or cure.
Islamist group al-Shabab kills MP Ahmed Mohamud Hayd (wn.com)
Islamist group al-Shabab says it has shot dead a prominent MP Ahmed Mohamud Hayd in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu.
Witnesses say he was killed in a drive-by after he left his hotel in a heavily policed area. His bodyguard was also killed and a parliamentary secretary wounded in the shooting.
Al-Shabab, which is reportedly linked to al-Qaeda, has vowed to step up attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The killing of Hayd – a former army commander and government minister – has shocked many people as the shooting is seen as a brazen attack.
Al-Shabab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab confirmed the group had carried out the “targeted assassination”.