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In pictures: Gaza ground offensive

Palestinians go through the remains of their home in the Gaza Strip

Casualties have continued to pour into hospitals in the Gaza Strip, as the Israeli military presses on with an operation aimed at stopping rocket fire into Israel.

A wounded Palestinian girl is rushed to Gaza's Shifa hospital

Palestinian health officials say at least 90 people have been killed since Israeli ground forces were sent in on Saturday. More than 500 are said to have been killed since the offensive began.

Mourners carry the bodies of three young children said to be have been among the members of a family killed in a shell strike

Twenty-six children were among the dead, the health ministry said, including three young boys whose house was hit by an Israeli shell.

Smoke rises from the streets of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip

An emergency doctor at Gaza's biggest hospital said many casualties could not be reached because medical workers were being shot at.

Mourners watch as Israeli soldiers carry the flag-draped coffin of one of their comrades, Sgt Dvir Emanueloff

Israel says one of its soldiers has been killed and 55 wounded since the ground offensive began. Four other Israelis have been killed in rocket attacks.

An Israeli mother protects her daughter in Kibbutz Yad Mordecha after a rocket is fired from the Gaza Strip

Israel says its offensive has substantially reduced the number of rocket attacks. However, another 20 rockets were fired by militants into its territory on Monday.

An Israeli tank near the Gaza Strip

A BBC correspondent on the Israel-Gaza border says the fighting appears to be concentrated in the north, and Israeli troops appear not to have entered Gaza's most heavily-populated areas.

A convoy of trucks queues at the Kerem Shalom crossing

The UN aid agency in Gaza, Unrwa, said more food was urgently needed, as it had supplies for only another 48 hours. Israel said it had allowed a humanitarian convoy of 80 lorries into Gaza.

Israeli army artillery shells the Gaza Strip

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Hamas had sustained a very "heavy blow" in the fighting, but that the offensive in Gaza would continue until Israel had met its objectives.

Smoke rises from Gaza City

A senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahhar, said in a defiant television address that Israel would be defeated, but could also stop the conflict by ending its blockade of Gaza.



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