Palestinians Say 2nd UN School Hit by Airstrike

A rocket fired by Palestinian militants at southern Israel leaves a thin trail of white smoke, as smoke caused by explosions from Israeli forces' operations rises from buildings on the outskirts of Gaza City, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Israeli forces edged closer to Gaza's major population centers on Tuesday and attacked new targets, including a U.N. school, taking more civilian lives after ignoring mounting international calls for an immediate cease-fire. A Palestinian rocket attack wounded an Israeli infant. (AP Photos/Hatem Moussa)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian medical officials say at least three people are dead in an Israeli airstrike near a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip.

It is the second deadly Israeli airstrike to hit a UN school in the past few hours.

Palestinian health official Said Joudeh says three people were killed and four wounded in the airstrike in the northern Gaza town of Jebaliya.

He says the school was turned into a shelter for people displaced by an Israeli offensive against the Hamas militant group.

More than 500 people have been killed, including dozens of civilians.

Israel isn't commenting on the latest airstrikes. But it has accused Hamas of using schools, mosques and residential areas for cover.

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