Mideast Israel Palestinians

Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo

Smoke rises after a building was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, in northern Gaza strip, Friday, July 18, 2014. The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try to destroy Hamas' rocket-firing abilities and the tunnels militants use to infiltrate Israel.

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