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In pictures: Palestinian 'human shields'

Palestinians gather at house in Beit Lahiya, Gaza

Scores of Palestinians flocked to the home of Hamas militant Wael Rajab in Beit Lahiya amid reports of an imminent Israeli air strike.

Women and children on roof of threatened house in Beit Lahiya

Women, some clutching children, gathered on the roof of the house to act as human shields.

Women gather on the roof of a house in Beit Lahiya to act as human shields

The human shields are exploiting Israel's recently introduced policy of telephoning residents shortly before an impending attack, in order to give them time to escape.

Men gathered on roof of threatened house in Beit Lahiya, Gaza

Scores of homes linked to militants have been destroyed in Israel air strikes, but Palestinians believe they can now foil such attacks.

Women peer out of balcony of threatened building in Beit Lahiya, Gaza

Israel says it will not be deterred from its tactics of targeting militants.

Civilians defending the targeted building

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