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In pictures: Gaza under siege

Man rushes past burning building in Rafah, 28 Dec 08

Israeli jets have bombed the Gaza Strip heavily for a second day, attacking supply tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border. Israel wants to deliver a crushing blow to Hamas militants, who control Gaza.

Wounded Palestinian man being carried on stretcher in Rafah

Gaza's hospitals, already hit by an Israeli blockade, are now overwhelmed with casualties. Nearly 300 have died in the air raids, Palestinians say.

Israeli children in bomb shelter in southern town of Netivot

Meanwhile many Israelis in areas close to Gaza are sheltering in bunkers as rocket attacks on them from the territory continue.

Israeli special forces near border with Gaza, 28 Dec 08

Israeli special forces are deployed near the border with Gaza. Israel is calling up 6,500 army reservists and threatens a ground assault.

A bulldozer tries to push sand on a fire after an Israeli missile strike in Rafah

A government building, Gaza's main security complex, and the headquarters of a Hamas-owned satellite television channel were among the targets.

A Palestinian family rushes from the scene of an Israeli missile strike in Rafah

The high number of casualties made Saturday the single deadliest day in the Gaza Strip since Israel's occupation of the territory in 1967.

Wounded Palestinian children in hospital in Gaza City

Most of those killed were members of Hamas, but women and children were also caught in the raids.

A Palestinian fireman douses a building hit in the air strikes in Gaza City

As the bombardment continued, the UN Security Council ended emergency talks with a call for an end to hostilities.



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