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    17,000 Flee Gaza After Israeli Strikes

    A Palestinian boy walks amongst the rubble of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Deir El-Balah in the central Gaza Strip July 14, 2014. Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage on Monday despite balking at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas. The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 166 Palestinians - among them about 138 civilians, including 30 children - have died during six days of warfare, and more than 1,000 wounded. Israel says its offensive is intended to halt rocket fire at its cities from the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3YJD2

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    Thousands of Palestians have fled the Gaza Strip and are heading toward United Nations-run facilities after the Israeli military pummeled the area over the weekend. Israel attacked sites it says militants are using to launch rockets at Israeli cities. Israel warned some residents of the area before the bombardment began against sites and homes of Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups. The death toll in Gaza has risen to 167 after a week of fighting. Tel Aviv and Haifa continue to be hit by counterattacks, and six Israelis have been injured so far. On Monday, the Israeli military announced it had shot down a drone—the first report of such a weapon so far in the campaign.

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