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In pictures: Israelis enter Gaza suburbs

An Israeli tank moves into the Gaza Strip

Israeli troops are reported to have entered the suburbs of Gaza City and are engaged in street fighting with Palestinian militants.

Israeli shells explode over Gaza City

Witnesses said Israeli special forces had advanced several hundred metres into several neighbourhoods. Intense gunfire could be heard.

An Israeli soldier takes cover in a shelter in the southern Israeli town of Sderot after a rocket warning

Israel says it will not call off its offensive in Gaza until the Hamas militant group stops shooting rockets into Israeli territory.

A Palestinian man cries after one of his relatives is killed in Beit Lahiya

The Israeli foreign ministry told the BBC there was also no guarantee that Hamas - the group that controls Gaza - would respect any ceasefire agreement.

Palestinians buy fuel in a street of Gaza City

After talks in Egypt, a Hamas spokesman said any ceasefire deal would have to entail a halt to the Israeli attacks, a complete withdrawal of their forces and the ending of Israel's blockade of Gaza.

A building explodes after an Israeli air strike in Rafah

The Israeli military said its forces attacked more than 60 targets on Tuesday, including tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border and rocket launching sites.

A wounded Palestinian child arrives at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza

Palestinian medical officials say more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed, around a third of them children. Israeli officials say 13 Israelis, including three civilians, have been killed.

Palestinian children gather around the remains of two destroyed buildings in Gaza City

The Al-Mizan Centre for Human Rights, a Palestinian group, says more than 90,000 Gazans have now abandoned their homes to escape the Israeli bombardment.

Palestinians unload food aid from the UN in the Shati refugee camp

Meanwhile, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Jakob Kellenberger, has been to the Gaza Strip to see for himself the humanitarian situation there.

Israeli soldiers walk towards the northern Gaza Strip (Photo: Israeli Defence Forces via AP)

Mr Kellenberger’s visit comes as the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, prepares to fly to the Middle East for talks to try to end the fighting.



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