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In pictures: Gaza conflict

Palestinian child with his family's belongings taken from the house after an Israeli airstrike in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, 02/01/2009

Friday marks the seventh day of fighting in and around the Gaza Strip, in a confrontation that shows no sign of abating.

An Israeli soldier stands guard over his unit's tanks at a forward deployment base near Gaza

With Israeli forces massed on the edge of Gaza, Israel said it carried out 20 air strikes in the early hours, including targeting a mosque it said was being used to store weapons.

Flames rise from the ruins of the home of a senior Hamas leader, Nizar Rayyan, a day after he was killed by an Israeli air strike, 2 January 2009

In Gaza, flames still burned in the ruins of the home of senior Hamas leader Nizar Rayan, who was killed along with members of his family in an air strike on Thursday.

Israeli jet flies over Jabaliya during funeral from Nizar Rayan and family

During the funeral for the Rayan family, Israeli jets flew low over the crowds which had gathered in Jabaliya refugee camp.

Smoke trail from rockets fired by Palestinian militants from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel (02/01/2009)

Hamas has called for a day of demonstrations in protest at the violence, and Palestinian militants have continued to launch rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel.

An Israeli man inspects the damage to a building in Ashkelon, caused by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the northern Gaza Strip, 2 January 2009

A building in the port city of Ashkelon was among those hit, and two people were wounded.

Isil Zakout from Turkey reacts as she and Palestinian holders of foreign passports arrive on the Israeli side of the Erez crossing, after leaving the Gaza Strip (02/01/2009)

Israel allowed foreign nationals to leave Gaza, prompting fears that a ground assault is imminent.

Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli troops during clashes at a demonstration in Shuafat refugee

The call for protests on a "Day of Wrath" was answered by Palestinians across the West Bank who demonstrated in support of Gaza.

Smoke rises from Israeli bombing in northern Gaza

As daylight faded on Friday, Israeli jets launched further raids near the border, the smoke drifting over towards Israel.



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