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In pictures: Middle East violence

Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike.

Israeli air strikes and clashes with Palestinian militants have intensified.

A Palestinian runs with a child as people inspect a destroyed house after an Israeli strike

The damage was widespread - followed by panic and shock.

Hamas militant and burning tyre in Jabaliya refugee camp - photo 1 March

As Israeli tanks and troops entered deeper into Gaza, clashes centred on the Jabaliya refugee camp.

Palestinians carry wounded man at Beit Lahiya hospital - photo 1 March

Dozens were killed in one of the worst single days of violence for a long time.

The bodies of eight militants from Hamas are seen as mourners pray in a mosque during their funeral in Jebaliya

Israel says it is targeting militants and their infrastructure.

A Palestinian man carries a wounded girl into a hospital in Gaza City

But women and children - like this one at Gaza City Hospital - were among the wounded. Several were killed.

Palestinian woman mourns death of son - photo 1 March

Grieving relatives in Gaza - the latest cycle of violence began last Wednesday.

Israeli troops arrive in Israel after evacuating wounded colleague - photo 1 March

Israel also suffered the fist losses of this current campaign.

Hamas militant with machine gun - photo 1 March

Hamas has said it will respond to any aggression.

Israeli officials view damage from rocket in Ashkelon - photo 1 March

Palestinian militants continued their barrage of rockets towards Israel.

An Israeli rescue worker and residents are seen through a hole in the roof of an apartment after it was it with a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza, in the coastal city of Ashkelon

Israeli authorities say they will not stop their offensive as long as citizens are at risk.

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