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In pictures: Gaza ground offensive

Israeli artillery fires on the Gaza Strip (4 January 2009)

Fighting is still raging in the northern half of the Gaza Strip, two days after Israel sent in troops and tanks to tackle militants who have been firing rockets into southern Israel.

Israeli infantry soldiers near the Gaza Strip (4 January 2009)

A BBC correspondent says the fighting now appears to have moved deeper into the territory, with Israeli forces dividing it into two.

Israeli troops in a tank heading for the Gaza Strip, 5 January 2009

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the offensive would continue until "peace and tranquility" were secured for Israeli civilians.

An Israeli shell explodes over the Gaza Strip (4 January 2009)

The Israeli ground operation is being supported by intensive aerial, land and naval bombardment of Gaza.

A Palestinian child cries during a funeral in the Gaza Strip (4 January 2009)

The Palestinian health ministry says more than 500 Palestinians have now been killed since the Israelis began their assault on Gaza 10 days ago, and 70 since the ground offensive began.

Wounded Palestinian children arrive for treatment at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, 5 January 2009

More children were killed on Monday, Palestinian sources say.

A Palestinian father carries his two wounded daughters into a hospital in Gaza City (4 January 2008)

UN officials say Palestinian hospitals are struggling to cope with the casualties and are short of vital medical supplies.

Israeli army medics carry an injured soldier to a hospital in Beersheba (4 January 2009)

Israel says one of its soldiers has been killed and 34 wounded since the ground offensive began. Four other Israelis have died.

A woman is treated after a rocket lands in the Israeli town of Sderot (4 January 2008)

Israel says its offensive has reduced the number of rocket attacks substantially. However, at least 30 rockets were fired on Sunday.

A family flees their home in the Gaza Strip

International calls for a ceasefire have so far been ignored.



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