[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/01/06/israel.gaza/art.chopper.idf.gi.jpg caption="In a handout photo from Israel Defense Forces, troops deploy Tuesday in northern Gaza."]Maureen Miller
The Mideast conflict in Gaza has taken its bloodiest turn. Today Israeli artillery shells hit a U.N. school where hundreds of Palestinians were seeking shelter. Israel is defending the strike saying Hamas militants were firing mortars from the school.
The attack killed at least 40 refugees and wounded dozens more.
Israel's military still surrounds Gaza City. Eyewitnesses have also seen Israeli forces near the southern city of Khan Younis. Will they move deeper into both cities? If so, that would take the battle to a new level.
There are also diplomatic efforts underway. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is at the U.N. tonight pushing for a cease-fire resolution.
Anderson will be reporting again tonight from the Israel/Gaza border with the latest developments on the conflict.
We'll also be discussing President-elect Barack Obama's comments on the crisis today. For the first time, he talked about the casualties.
"The loss of civilian life in Gaza and in Israel is a source of deep concern for me. And after January 20th, I am going to have plenty to say about the issue," said Obama.
He is vowing to get actively engaged in the Mideast, but not until after he's sworn in.
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