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Israel: "Close to achieving aims in Gaza"

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Israel: "Close to achieving aims in Gaza"


Israel continued to attack Gaza on Sunday, sending forces into the suburbs of Gaza City but at the same time hinted the operation may soon be over. At least 29 Palestinians were killed on the 16th day of fighting, about half of them civilians. Gaza medics say 874 Palestinians have died since Israel’s offensive began; 13 Israelis are dead, 10 of them soldiers.

The army said it had destroyed three Hamas rocket-launching sites, but at least six missiles landed in southern Israel on Sunday. Two Egyptian children and two border guards were wounded by shrapnel from an Israeli bombing raid near Gaza’s southern frontier.
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