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Gaza violence claims more lives
Israeli tank outside Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza Strip
Israel vowed to stay until attacks by homemade rockets end
At least nine Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on the seventh day of a major Israeli operation which has raised concern at the UN.

An air strike on Jabaliya refugee camp killed four militants planting a bomb and a gunman was killed near a Jewish settlement in the south of the strip.

The Palestinian representative at the UN said the Israeli operation in the occupied Gaza Strip was a war crime.

But the Israeli envoy said Palestinian rocket attacks were terrorism.

Dan Gillerman said the resolution calling for an end to the Israeli operation was an attempt to put the victims in the dock, not those responsible for the terror.

The Palestinian representative, Nasser al-Kidwa, described what he called the massive use of tanks, helicopters and missiles as Israeli hysteria.

Israel mounted its operation after rockets hit one of its towns last week in an attack which killed two toddlers.

About 70 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed in violence since.

Israeli army chief Moshe Yaalon warned that the operation, codenamed Days of Penitence, would last "as long as it takes" and could go on for weeks.

Field commander slain

Israeli attacks - mostly from the air - have been hitting Jabaliya camp every few hours.

In the latest clash, troops killed a gunman spotted near the Netzer Hazani settlement.

An Israeli tank shell killed another Palestinian In Jabaliya on Monday evening.

Palestinians have identified one of four Hamas men killed earlier in Jabaliya on Monday as Faris Masri, a field commander in northern Gaza and brother of Hamas spokesman Musher Masri, who came to identify the body in hospital.

A few hours earlier, Israeli forces targeted a local Hamas commander in a Gaza City air strike. Three people were wounded, including a woman passer-by.

Reports from Jabaliya say residents have been donating carpets to local militants as a low-tech way of countering Israel's vastly superior weaponry.

They are being hung over narrow alleyways to allow militants to operate without being seen by Israeli drones and helicopters.

Calls for restraint

About eight Palestinians were killed on Sunday, including a deaf man and a 13-year-old boy, Palestinian medics said.

Palestinian children shelter in a doorway in Jabaliya camp
The incursion into Jabaliya began on Wednesday
About 25 tanks moved into Beit Hanoun, the town closest to Israel and the town of Sderot.

About 15,000 people in the area have been without water and electricity for days.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to show restraint.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell urged that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon should ensure Israeli action was not excessive.

"I hope that whatever he does is proportionate to the threat that Israel is facing and I hope that this operation can come to a conclusion quickly," said Mr Powell.

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