Dec 29 (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip for a third consecutive day on Monday and the Jewish state prepared to launch a possible invasion after killing 313 Palestinians in the air raids.
Following are developments in the fighting until 1400 GMT:
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* ASHKELON, Israel - A rocket salvo fired by Hamas forces from Gaza kills one person in Ashkelon, the second such fatality since Israeli bombing began on Saturday.
* RAFAH, Egypt - First group of wounded Palestinians cross the border from Gaza into Egypt after a day and a half of confusion and disagreement between the Islamist movement Hamas and the Egyptian government.
GAZA - Israeli warplanes bomb the Hamas-run Interior Ministry, the first air strike that targeted a government building in Israel’s offensive, the Palestinian faction says. No casualties were reported.
GAZA - Hamas says an Israeli air strike destroys a laboratory building at the Islamic University, a significant cultural symbol of Hamas. Israel has accused Hamas of using the facilities to develop explosives and weapons.
GAZA - Israeli naval vessels pound Gaza port, aiming rounds at Hamas structures, an official from the organisation’s security wing says.
BEERSHEBA, Israel - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak tells top commanders in a briefing that the offensive is open-ended, saying the Israeli army is "continuing and shall continue to act to achieve the goals". (Jerusalem newsroom, additional reporting by Cairo newsroom)