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In pictures: Gaza crisis enters third week

Smoke billows from Gaza on 10 January 2009, as seen from Israel-Gaza boundary in Israel

The conflict between Israel and Hamas is continuing into its third week, with Israel dropping leaflets on the Gaza Strip warning residents it will escalate its military action.

An Israeli soldier slings his rifle as he moves through a mechanised position on the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza boundary on 10 January 2009

Correspondents say the next phase could see Israeli forces moving deeper into cities and refugee camps - that will involve new risks for Israeli soldiers and civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Smoke trails behind a rocket streaking into the sky above the Gaza Strip after it was launched by militants on 10 January 2009

Israel carried out dozens of air strikes on Gaza on Saturday, while Hamas fired rockets into southern Israel. Medical officials say more than 800 Palestinians have died. Thirteen Israelis have been killed.

An Israeli boy is evacuated to a hospital after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit the coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon on 10 January 2009

Two Israelis were injured on Saturday as rockets hit the coastal town of Ashkelon (pictured). Meanwhile eight people who appeared to be civilians died in Israeli fire in Jabaliya, Gaza, Palestinian medics said.

A wounded Palestinian boy is treated by medics at a Gaza City hospital after Israeli strikes on 10 January 2009

Thousands of people have been injured. The bloodshed continues after Hamas and Israel ignored a UN resolution on Thursday calling for an immediate and durable cease-fire.

Palestinian boys walk past a destroyed building in Zeitun neighbourhood after Israeli strikes in Gaza City on 10 January 2009

Aid agencies say Gaza's 1.5 million residents urgently need food and medical aid. The UN has resumed aid distribution after halting it on Thursday when it said one of its drivers died in Israeli fire.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on 10 January 2009

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged all sides to accept a truce, as he met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. But analysts say his remarks will have little impact.

Demonstrators call for an end to conflict in Gaza, as they gather in Hyde Park in London, UK, on 10 January 2009

Demonstrations were held across Europe in protest against Israel's action in Gaza. Thousands gathered for Britain's biggest pro-Palestine protest in London.

A women shouts slogans during a protest against the Israeli action in Gaza, at a stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 10 January 2009

Protests also continued in the Middle East, as well as parts of Africa and Asia.

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