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In pictures: Gaza offensive
Injured Palestinian being helped by medics
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Israeli forces launched missile strikes overnight on Monday against the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza, which Palestinians say killed 13 and injured many more.
Injured Palestinian man arriving at hospital
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Those injured in the strikes and ensuing fighting were ferried to the Najar hospital for treatment.
Distraught child and woman accompany an injured relative
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Some were accompanied by their clearly horrified relatives. Thousands are reported to have fled their homes as the Israelis pushed into the camp.
Palestinians sitting in corridor near stretchers
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Friends and relatives were left in the hospital corridors alongside bloodied stretchers as they waited anxiously for news.
Bodies of Palestinians
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The bodies of those killed piled up in the morgue.
Crying relatives of dead Palestinian
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For these two men, seeing the body of a dead family member was clearly too much to bear.
Israeli tank in Rafah
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The Israeli tanks and are now picking their way through the camp. Their mission is to attack militants and stop the flow of weapons smuggled from Egypt.
Israeli soldier on camp
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Some are still waiting on the outskirts. This young Israeli soldier took the opportunity to offer up morning prayers.



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