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In pictures: Gaza offensive

Israeli soldier and armoured personnel carrier near the Gaza Strip

In Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, an Israeli military offensive aimed at stopping rocket attacks continued for a third day. Warning: subsequent images may cause distress.

Palestinian women in Beit Hanoun

As Israeli troops surrounded a mosque in Beit Hanoun to force out gunmen, scores of women answered a Hamas call to form a human shield.

Palestinian woman and Israeli army bulldozer

At least two women were killed when Israeli troops opened fire on the crowds.

Hamas militants

Members of the armed wing of Hamas gave reporters their version of what happened at the mosque.

March of Palestinian women

Hundreds of Palestinian women marched in Gaza City to protest against the Israeli military offensive.

Mortuary in the neighbouring town of Beit Lahiya

About 20 Palestinians - mainly gunmen, but including one child - have died in clashes with Israeli troops since Wednesday.

Palestinian militants in Beit Hanoun

The Israeli offensive has not prevented Palestinian militants from firing rockets into Israel.

Funeral at Mt Herzl, Jerusalem

One Israeli soldier has died in the three-day operation. Kiril Golenstein was buried at the Mt Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

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