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Gaza fighting enters third week

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Gaza fighting enters third week

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Three weeks into Israel’s assault on Gaza, and there is no let-up in sight. Pictures from Hamas television showed plumes of smoke from tank and rocket fire. 
 
Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has warned her country’s forces are ready to escalate the bombing.
 
Israel has pressed ahead with its assault in defiance of increasing international outrage and demands for a ceasefire. And the army now says its operation may step up a gear. Thousands of leaflets rained down on Gaza City, warning people to expect stronger attacks on suspected rocket sites and weapons stores.
 
Gaza’s hospitals are overwhelmed. There is no electricity, and Israel’s stranglehold on the enclave means medicines have all-but run out.
 
A third of the victims are said to be children. Eight people from the same family died when a tank shell hit their home in Jabaliya.