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Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault on Gaza Thursday, killing dozens of Palestinians and destroying homes. Israel’s missile defence system also intercepted rockets fired by militants at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

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Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on Gaza, seen from the Israel-Gaza Border, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza Thursday hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, as Palestinians reported dozens of people killed in strikes that hit a home and a beachside cafe and Israel's missile defense system once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's heartland.

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People try to salvage their belongings from the rubble of a home destroyed in an airstrike in Gaza City, July 10, 2014. As Israel’s aerial offensive in Gaza entered its third day, the Palestinian death toll rose to at least 77 by midday, according to officials in Gaza.

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People gather in a street to inspect damage after an airstrike in Gaza City, July 10, 2014.

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Children walk amidst rubble in a street after an airstrike in Gaza City, July 10, 2014.

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A Palestinian relative of the five members of the Hamad family who were killed in an Israeli missile strike late Tuesday grieves in the family house during their funeral in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, July 9, 2014.

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People try to salvage their belongings from the rubble of a home destroyed in an airstrike in Gaza City, July 10, 2014.

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A Palestinian boy, who medics said was wounded in an Israeli air strike, lies on a bed inside an ambulance waiting to cross into Egypt, at Rafah crossing in southern Gaza Strip July 10, 2014. Egypt's state news agency said Egyptian authorities had decided to open the Rafah border crossing to Gaza on Thursday to allow wounded Palestinians to receive medical care in Egypt. Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Cairo has secured closures on the Gaza border, increasing economic pressure on Hamas from a long-running Israeli blockade.

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Palestinian mourners chant slogans as they carry the bodies of eight members of the Al Haj family, who were killed in an Israeli missile strike early morning, during their funeral in Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza Thursday hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, as Palestinians reported dozens of people killed in strikes that hit homes and a beachside cafe.

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Palestinian relatives of eight members of the Al Haj family, who were killed in a strike early morning, grieve in the family house during their funeral in Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014.

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A relative of eight Palestinian members from al-Haj family, who medics said were killed in an early morning air strike that destroyed at least two homes, mourns during their funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 10, 2014. At least 77 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said midday Thursday, and militants kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and other cities in warfare showing no signs of ending soon.

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A Palestinian child standing behind the gate of Rafah crossing cries as he tries to cross into Egypt with his family, in the southern Gaza Strip July 10, 2014. Egypt's state news agency said Egyptian authorities had decided to open the Rafah border crossing to Gaza on Thursday to allow wounded Palestinians to receive medical care in Egypt. Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Cairo has secured closures on the Gaza border, increasing economic pressure on Hamas from a long-running Israeli blockade.

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An Israeli soldier helps look after children as they play inside a bomb shelter in the southern city of Ashkelon July 10, 2014.

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An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod July 9, 2014. Palestinian militants kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and other cities in warfare showing no signs of ending soon.

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An Israeli tank performs a manoeuvre outside the northern Gaza Strip July 10, 2014.

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Israelis stand on a hill at the Israeli town of Sderot, overlooking the Gaza Strip, as they wait to watch Israeli forces' bombardment and rockets fired by Palestinian militants from inside Gaza towards Israel, July 10, 2014.

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