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In pictures: Beit Hanoun

A Palestinian man carries an injured child in Gaza

Eighteen Palestinians were killed and 40 wounded when an Israeli tank fired on the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.

Palestinian woman carries an injured child

Women and children were among those killed and injured in the attack.

Reflections in blood-stained water

Palestinian hospital officials said 13 of the dead belonged to the same family.

Mourners in a street covered in blood

Palestinian Prime Minister, Hamas's Ismail Haniya, called it an "awful massacre" and announced three days of national mourning.

Damage to a home in Beit Hanoun, Gaza

Israel has ordered the army to halt artillery attacks while an inquiry into the shelling is carried out.

A Palestinian mourns in Beit Hanoun, Gaza

There was anger and despair in the streets of Beit Hanoun, where some 80 have died since the beginning of this month.

Palestinian women in Jabalia, Gaza

Meanwhile, Palestinian women took to the streets of Jabalia in protest at the attack.

Palestinian protesters in Bethlehem

There were also protests in the West Bank city of Bethlehem against the Israeli offensive.

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