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Crisis in Gaza

<p>Smoke rises during Israeli's offensive in Gaza January 8, 2009.   REUTERS/Mohammed Salem</p>

Smoke rises during Israeli's offensive in Gaza January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Smoke rises during Israeli's offensive in Gaza January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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<p>Israeli soldiers take their positions during Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip January 8, 2009, in this picture released by Israel's Defence Forces (IDF).   REUTERS/Doron Keren/IDF/Handout </p>

Israeli soldiers take their positions during Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip January 8, 2009, in this picture released by Israel's Defence Forces (IDF). REUTERS/Doron Keren/IDF/Handout

Israeli soldiers take their positions during Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip January 8, 2009, in this picture released by Israel's Defence Forces (IDF). REUTERS/Doron Keren/IDF/Handout

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<p>A wounded Palestinian is carried into Shifa hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem </p>

A wounded Palestinian is carried into Shifa hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A wounded Palestinian is carried into Shifa hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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<p>Palestinians look at the ruins of the al-Taqwa mosque destroyed after an Israeli air strike in Gaza January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem </p>

Palestinians look at the ruins of the al-Taqwa mosque destroyed after an Israeli air strike in Gaza January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians look at the ruins of the al-Taqwa mosque destroyed after an Israeli air strike in Gaza January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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<p>A Palestinian, wounded during Israel's offensive in Gaza, lies in a hospital in the southern city of Ashkelon January 8, 2009.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

A Palestinian, wounded during Israel's offensive in Gaza, lies in a hospital in the southern city of Ashkelon January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A Palestinian, wounded during Israel's offensive in Gaza, lies in a hospital in the southern city of Ashkelon January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>An Israeli soldier stands atop a tank outside the central Gaza Strip January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

An Israeli soldier stands atop a tank outside the central Gaza Strip January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

An Israeli soldier stands atop a tank outside the central Gaza Strip January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of their comrade Amit Robinson during his funeral in Kibbutz Magal, near Hadera January 9, 2009. Robinson was killed during Israel's offensive in Gaza on Thursday.  REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen </p>

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of their comrade Amit Robinson during his funeral in Kibbutz Magal, near Hadera January 9, 2009. Robinson was killed during Israel's offensive in Gaza on Thursday. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of their comrade Amit Robinson during his funeral in Kibbutz Magal, near Hadera January 9, 2009. Robinson was killed during Israel's offensive in Gaza on Thursday. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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<p>An Israeli looks into a damaged house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern city of Ashkelon January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

An Israeli looks into a damaged house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern city of Ashkelon January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Israeli looks into a damaged house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern city of Ashkelon January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>An Israeli Apache helicopter fires a missile while flying over the central Gaza Strip January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

An Israeli Apache helicopter fires a missile while flying over the central Gaza Strip January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

An Israeli Apache helicopter fires a missile while flying over the central Gaza Strip January 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>A weapons system fired by Israeli forces explodes in the northern Gaza Strip January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

A weapons system fired by Israeli forces explodes in the northern Gaza Strip January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A weapons system fired by Israeli forces explodes in the northern Gaza Strip January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>Palestinians pray beside bodies of Palestinians killed during Israel's offensive in the northern Gaza Strip January 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Mohammed Salem </p>

Palestinians pray beside bodies of Palestinians killed during Israel's offensive in the northern Gaza Strip January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinians pray beside bodies of Palestinians killed during Israel's offensive in the northern Gaza Strip January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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<p>A Palestinian boy gestures as he holds a toy gun during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah against Israel's offensive in Gaza January 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Eliana Aponte </p>

A Palestinian boy gestures as he holds a toy gun during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah against Israel's offensive in Gaza January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

A Palestinian boy gestures as he holds a toy gun during a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah against Israel's offensive in Gaza January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

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<p>Palestinians react at Kamal Odwan hospital after their relatives were killed by an Israeli tank shell in the northern Gaza Strip January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah </p>

Palestinians react at Kamal Odwan hospital after their relatives were killed by an Israeli tank shell in the northern Gaza Strip January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

Palestinians react at Kamal Odwan hospital after their relatives were killed by an Israeli tank shell in the northern Gaza Strip January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

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<p>A Palestinian carries his belongings near his destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip January 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa </p>

A Palestinian carries his belongings near his destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian carries his belongings near his destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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<p>A trail of smoke is seen after the launch of a rocket from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

A trail of smoke is seen after the launch of a rocket from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

A trail of smoke is seen after the launch of a rocket from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel January 10, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>An Israeli man takes cover next to a car as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets in the southern town of Ashkelon January 13, 2009.  REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

An Israeli man takes cover next to a car as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets in the southern town of Ashkelon January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

An Israeli man takes cover next to a car as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets in the southern town of Ashkelon January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>Israeli reservists rest before crossing into the northern Gaza Strip January 12, 2009.  REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

Israeli reservists rest before crossing into the northern Gaza Strip January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Israeli reservists rest before crossing into the northern Gaza Strip January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>An explosion is seen after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip January 13, 2009.  REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa </p>

An explosion is seen after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

An explosion is seen after an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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<p>Palestinians mourn during the funeral for their relatives killed during Israel's offensive, in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip January 15, 2009.  REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah </p>

Palestinians mourn during the funeral for their relatives killed during Israel's offensive, in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

Palestinians mourn during the funeral for their relatives killed during Israel's offensive, in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

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<p>A wounded Palestinian is brought into Shifa hospital during Israel's offensive in Gaza January 12, 2009.  REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah </p>

A wounded Palestinian is brought into Shifa hospital during Israel's offensive in Gaza January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

A wounded Palestinian is brought into Shifa hospital during Israel's offensive in Gaza January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

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<p>A Palestinian mourns outside Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip after his relative was killed during Israel's offensive January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah </p>

A Palestinian mourns outside Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip after his relative was killed during Israel's offensive January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

A Palestinian mourns outside Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip after his relative was killed during Israel's offensive January 13, 2009. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

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<p>Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire at the United Nations compound after it was hit by Israeli fire in Gaza City January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Mustafa Mohammed </p>

Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire at the United Nations compound after it was hit by Israeli fire in Gaza City January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Mustafa Mohammed

Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire at the United Nations compound after it was hit by Israeli fire in Gaza City January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Mustafa Mohammed

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<p>A convoy of Israeli tanks moves towards the border as smoke rises from across the border in the northern Gaza Strip January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

A convoy of Israeli tanks moves towards the border as smoke rises from across the border in the northern Gaza Strip January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A convoy of Israeli tanks moves towards the border as smoke rises from across the border in the northern Gaza Strip January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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