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In pictures: Gaza attack aftermath

Smoke billows from the Gaza Strip following Israeli air strikes, as seen from the town of Rafah

Israeli warplanes launched a wave of air strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, killing and injuring scores of Palestinians.

Relatives of Hamas security force officers react after seeing their bodies

Medical officials say more than 227 Palestinians have been killed. Gaza officials and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls the Strip, say about 700 others were hurt in the attacks.

Palestinians inspect the site of an Israeli air strike in the southern town of Rafah

Missiles hit security compounds and militant bases across Gaza. Israel said the operation would go on "as long as necessary".

Palestinians rush an injured woman to hospital in Gaza City

The wounded were ferried to hospital in cars and ambulances, while reports said the city's mortuaries were full.

Palestinians wounded during an Israeli air strike are treated in hospital in Rafah

Mosques in Gaza are calling on people to donate blood. Hamas sources said there was no room in the hospitals to treat victims.

A Palestinian girl cries at the site of an Israeli air strike in Rafah

A BBC producer in Gaza says people are desperately seeking refuge, but he says there are no safe places.

Palestinians inspect the presidential building in Gaza

Israel said the strikes were in response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants against Israeli towns.

Palestinians inspect the site of an Israeli air strike in the southern town of Rafah

The strikes, the most intense Israeli attacks on Gaza in decades, come after the expiry of a truce with Hamas earlier this month.

Damage by militant rocket

Palestinian militants fired rockets in response to the air attacks on Saturday, killing one Israeli.

Israeli Arabs protest in Nazareth

The air raids by Israel prompted protests in Gaza and beyond, including by Israeli Arabs in Nazareth.

IDF forces in Sufa

Meanwhile, Israeli forces have been preparing equipment at bases near the Gaza border, reportedly for a possible ground attack.



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