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GRAPHIC VIDEO WARNING: UN school in Gaza attacked; 16 dead

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JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli media say the country's Security Cabinet has unanimously rejected a U.S. proposal for a temporary pause in Israel-Hamas fighting.

The proposal by Secretary of State John Kerry calls for a temporary truce during which Israel and Hamas would hold indirect talks about easing the border closure of the blockaded Gaza Strip. Hamas has demanded that Gaza's crossings be opened.

Israel TV reports that on Friday evening, Israel's Security Cabinet - which groups top ministers on security issues - rejected the proposal in its current form Friday, mainly because it would mean Israel has to cut short an ongoing effort to destroy Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border.

There was no immediate Israeli government comment.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been in the region since Monday, would only say late Thursday that there is more work to be done.

Word of diplomatic progress followed 119 Palestinians deaths, including 16 at a U.N. school serving as a shelter. Palestinian officials say the facility was struck by Israeli tank shells.

Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinians have demonstrated in the West Bank near Ramallah. Some clashed with Israeli soldiers. A doctor says at least one Palestinian was killed.

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