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Tuesday, 12 March, 2002, 14:40 GMT
In pictures: Israel goes in hard
Israel has sent thousands of troops, backed by tanks and helicopter gunships, into Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

It says is targeting militants who have carried out attacks on Israelis; Palestinians warn that this offensive will only encourage further attacks.

Israeli soldier takes part in a house raid in Ramallah
Israeli troops have been carrying out house-to-house searches in Ramallah

Palestinian youths hide from Israeli troops in Ramallah
The Israelis are said to be rounding up Palestinian men aged 16 to 60

Palestinian gunmen in Ramallah
Palestinian gunmen are attempting to counter the Israeli assaults...

Israeli tanks in Ramallah
...but they are no match for Israeli armour

Smoke rises from Ramallah buildings
Many buildings have been shelled and bombed

Boy recovers bag from the ruins of his Jabalya home
...depriving some Palestinians of their homes

Palestinian men with coffins of relatives
The death toll has risen ever higher

Funerals of Jabalya dead in Gaza City
Palestinian funerals have been accompanied by threats of revenge against Israel

Dove on balcony above Gaza City funeral procession
Peace has never seemed further away


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