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Dozens killed and wounded as Israeli forces thrust deeper in Gaza’s Jabalia and Rafah

Dozens killed and wounded as Israeli forces thrust deeper in Gaza’s Jabalia and Rafah

ISRAELI troops and tanks pushed on Saturday into parts of a congested northern Gaza Strip district that they had previously skirted in the more than seven-month-old war, killing and wounding dozens of Palestinians, medics and residents said. Israel's forces also took over some ground in Rafah, a southern city next to the Egyptian border that is packed with displaced people and where the launch this month of a long-threatened incursion to crush Hamas hold-outs has alarmed Cairo and Washington. Israel has conducted renewed military sweeps this month of parts of northern Gaza where it had declared the end of major operations…
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Fighting intensifies between Israel and Hamas-led militants in north and south Gaza

Fighting intensifies between Israel and Hamas-led militants in north and south Gaza

GUN battles between Israel and militants from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and smaller Palestinian factions intensified overnight into some of the fiercest in months in both northern and southern Gaza, both sides said. Israeli tanks reached densely populated neighbourhoods and narrow alleyways of the militant stronghold of Jabalia in the northeast, facing heavy resistance. Residents said the army destroyed clusters of homes there in areas where they had not invaded before. The armed wing of Hamas ally Islamic Jihad said its militants killed and wounded Israeli foot soldiers during fierce clashes in eastern Jabalia, the biggest of eight refugee camps built…
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Fighting rages in northern Gaza after U.N. stops short of ceasefire call

Fighting rages in northern Gaza after U.N. stops short of ceasefire call

ISRAEL battled Hamas militants on Saturday in pursuit of its elusive interim goal of full control of northern Gaza after the U.N. Security Council appealed for more aid for the Palestinian enclave but stopped short of demanding a ceasefire. Thick smoke hung over the northern town of Jabalia - which is also home to Gaza's largest refugee camp - and residents reported persistent aerial bombardment and shelling from Israeli tanks, which they said had moved further into the town. Hamas' armed wing Al Qassam Brigades said it had destroyed five Israeli tanks in the area, killing and injuring their crews,…
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