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In pictures: Ongoing Gaza assault

An Israeli tank fires towards the southern Gaza Strip

Israel is continuing its military operation in the Gaza Strip, despite frantic diplomatic efforts to clinch a ceasefire.

Smoke rises after an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip

The Israeli military said it was continuing to fire on Hamas targets, including tunnels used to smuggle weapons and rocket-launching sites. Meanwhile, Hamas fired more rockets into Israel.

A Palestinian man inspects the damage to the al-Quds hospital in Gaza City

Medics in Hamas-held Gaza say at least 1,105 Palestinians - many of them civilians - have been killed since Israel began its offensive on 27 December.

In injured Israeli soldier is brought from the Gaza Strip to a hospital in Beersheba, southern Israel

The Israeli military says 10 of its soldiers and three civilians have died and more than 230 troops have been wounded.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (left) stands with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank

In the West Bank, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (left) urged Israel to "declare ceasefire unilaterally", while an Israeli government spokesman said he hoped the conflict was "entering its final act".

Syria-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (left) and Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shallah talk during an emergency meeting of Arab leaders in Doha, Qatar

At an emergency Arab summit in Qatar, exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (left), who is based in Syria, said the group would not accept Israeli conditions for a truce.

Syrian demonstrators burn an Israeli flag during a rally against Israel's offensive in Gaza

Meanwhile, anti-Israeli demonstrations were held in many Muslim countries, with protesters condemning the Gaza offensive and burning Israeli flags.

A Palestinian father and his children walk past Israeli anti-riot police in the Arab East Jerusalem

Security was stepped up in East Jerusalem, after Hamas urged Palestinians to take part in a "day of wrath" against Israel.



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