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Israeli offensive in Gaza intensifies; Casualty toll: 435 Palestinians, 18 Israelis killed

Originally Published: 04:24 p.m., July 20, 2014 and  Updated 04:23 p.m., July 20, 2014

Airstrikes hit a crowded Gaza neighborhood Sunday

Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Escalating their ground offensive, Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes battled Hamas militants in a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City early Sunday. The fighting, including heavy Israeli tank fire, killed scores of Palestinians, forced thousands to flee and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes.

Palestinian health officials reported at least 65 people killed as air and artillery strikes echoed across the city for hours. They put the number of displaced at 35,000, with at least 435 people killed in the nearly two-week conflict.

Israeli military casualties spiked in the fighting, with 13 killed Sunday, raising the total number of dead soldiers to 18. Two civilians also have died in mortar and rocket attacks.


1Attis(1026 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

genocide in Gaza: US tax dollars at work.

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2billdog1(3805 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Suppression always results in retaliation.

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3steivo(540 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Appeasement always results in more attacks.

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4walter_sobchak(2333 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

So, Israel is supposed to stand back and let these terrorists just keep lobbing mortars into the country and not retaliate? Israel, the lone democracy in the Middle East, makes up a very tiny fraction of the land mass and population there. And, there are Arabs elected into the Knesset. How many Jews are welcome in the other countries of the Middle East? What about the continued persecution of Christians there? Christians are being wiped out. The Muslims just can't accept the fact that the Child of Promise was Isaac, not Ishmael, and the radical Muslims believe they must kill those who don't agree with them.

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