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UN humanitarian officials call for cease-fire in the Middle East

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The Israeli military will call up nearly 16,000 reserved to strengthen its forces in its fight against Hamas. (Source: CNN) The Israeli military will call up nearly 16,000 reserved to strengthen its forces in its fight against Hamas. (Source: CNN)
Gaza residents say finding safe shelter is very difficult. (Source: CNN) Gaza residents say finding safe shelter is very difficult. (Source: CNN)
UN Security Council held an emergency session to discuss the recent attack that killed 20 people in UN school that was sheltering thousands of Palestinians. (Source: CNN) UN Security Council held an emergency session to discuss the recent attack that killed 20 people in UN school that was sheltering thousands of Palestinians. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) – A number of shells fell next to a UN school turned shelter on Thursday, killing more than a dozen people.

And as the violence rages on in Gaza, the United Nations' top humanitarian official is making an urgent plea for an end to the fighting.

After several cease-fire attempts and nearly 1,500 killed in Gaza, there is still no truce.

The Israeli military is calling up nearly 16,000 reserved to bolster its forces in its fight against Hamas.

In Gaza, residents say finding safe shelter is proving difficult.

"I, all the time, feel unsafe because I can be bombed any moment,” Palestinian living in Gaza Farah Baker said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to destroy Hamas tunnels with or without a cease-fire.

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres agreed.

"Imagine that you sit a child on your knees and somebody is shooting at your child, and yourself,” Peres said. “What is the proportion? Not to shoot back?"

The UN Security Council is holding an emergency session to discuss Wednesday’s attack on a UN school that was sheltering thousands of Palestinians. Twenty people were killed.

"I have heard the same messages time and time again. ‘If we are not safe in a UNWRA school, we are not safe anywhere in Gaza,’ they say,” Commissioner General of UNRWA, Pierre Krahenbuhl said.

U.S. officials have urged Israel to step up and protect civilians.

The Israeli foreign ministry said it sent dozens of trucks carrying food, medicine fuel and supplies to Gaza.

At the same time, the U.S. has agreed to resupply Israel with certain types of ammunition.

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