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In pictures: New phase begins

Israeli troops prepare to enter Gaza, 3 January 2009

Israel has begun a ground operation with troops entering Gaza after a week of air strikes at Hamas targets.

Israeli soldiers, 3 January 2009

Witnesses said armoured vehicles crossed into northern Gaza at four separate points, supported by helicopters.

Palestinian firefighters attempt to douse a fire after an Israeli hit

Various buildings have been hit, such as this printing shop in Gaza City. The Israeli military said the intention was to take control of areas from which Palestinian militants have been firing rockets into Israel.

A shell fired by the Israeli military explodes in Gaza

Hours before the ground offensive began, Israeli artillery was fired into Gaza for the first time since violence began a week ago.

Damage in Gaza from an Israeli strike

As air strikes on Gaza continued, more buildings were damaged and at least 10 people were killed when a mosque was hit, local medics said.

An injured Palestinian boy in Shifa Hospital, Gaza City

More than 400 Palestinians have been killed and many injured during the week-long violence. The UN has warned of a humanitarian crisis.

One Palestinian stepped close to photograph an unexploded Israeli bomb, which landed in a house.

Here, a Palestinian photographs an unexploded Israeli bomb, which landed in a house.



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