Palestinian Civilian Death Toll Soars

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The Palestinian death toll soared to 96 Monday after an Israeli aircraft hit a crowded area in Gaza. A senior Israeli official close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is prepared to send ground troops into Gaza, though it prefers a diplomatic end to the crisis. In preparation, Netanyahu has called up 75,000 military reservists and mobilized nearly half. Also reportedly open to negotiations, the leader of Hamas is nevertheless taking a tough stance, claiming Israel must "meet Hamas' demands for a lifting of the blockade of Gaza" before a truce will be made.