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More Rockets Fired as Toll Rises in Gaza

Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip managed to fire more crude rockets at an Israeli border town Monday, even as Israeli troops and armor inundated a large swath of the seaside territory in a bid to halt such attacks. The death toll in the wide-ranging 6-day-old Israeli incursion, code-named Days of Reckoning, was nearly 80, with the number of wounded ranging above 200, according to Palestinian hospital officials and an Israeli human rights group. At least one-third of the dead are believed to be noncombatants. The humanitarian situation was reported to be worsening in the Jabaliya refugee camp, the focal point of the confrontation between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants. The squalid, sprawling site — a tangle of grit-choked alleyways and concrete-slab slum buildings — is home to more than 100,000 Palestinians. With fighting raging all around them, many of those living in the camp are trapped in their homes and running short of food, water and medicine, medical officials said. Israel said it had opened a route for humanitarian supplies, but Jabaliya residents said little or no aid was arriving in the worst-off pockets. Full Story

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