Palestinians flee after Israel warning, airstrikes


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hundreds of Palestinian families, their children crying, fled today, as Israel intensified airstrikes on Hamas targets, including homes of the movement's leaders, following failed Egyptian cease-fire efforts. Before the renewed bombardment, Israel had ordered tens of thousands of residents of border areas to evacuate their neighborhoods. The Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting rose to 204, with some 1,450 wounded, Palestinian health officials said. On the Israeli side, one man was killed and several people were wounded since the fighting erupted on July 8.

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