The Israeli bombardment of Gaza

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Forty Palestinians, at least 10 of which are children, have been killed and over 350 injured so far in a massive Israeli air and naval assault against the besieged Gaza Strip since July 8, bombing dozens of targets, including homes and markets. This current attack is the bloodiest since an eight-day assault was launched by the Israeli military on Gaza in the November 2012 which left 162 Palestinians dead and over 1,200 wounded.

Palestinians gather next to the bodies of two killed fighters in the morgue of al-Najar hospital in Rafah southern Gaza Strip on July 07, 2014. (Photo: Said Khatib-AFP)
Palestinians gather next to the bodies of two killed fighters in the morgue of al-Najar hospital in Rafah southern Gaza Strip on July 07, 2014. (Photo: Said Khatib-AFP)
Israeli soldiers stand next to Merkava tanks positioned on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on July 7, 2014. (Photo: Jack Guez-AFP)
Israeli soldiers stand next to Merkava tanks positioned on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on July 7, 2014. (Photo: Jack Guez-AFP)
A Palestinian militant stands guard as a young girl looks on during the funeral of two Palestinian militants who were killed during an Israeli air strike the night before, on July 7, 2014 in al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. (Photo: Mohammed Abed-AFP)
A Palestinian militant stands guard as a young girl looks on during the funeral of two Palestinian militants who were killed during an Israeli air strike the night before, on July 7, 2014 in al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. (Photo: Mohammed Abed-AFP)
Palestinian members of al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah movement, attend the funeral of two Palestinian militants who were killed during an Israeli air strike the night before, on July 7, 2014 in al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. (Photo: Mohammed Abed-AFP)
Palestinian members of al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah movement, attend the funeral of two Palestinian militants who were killed during an Israeli air strike the night before, on July 7, 2014 in al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. (Photo: Mohammed Abed-AFP)
A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike on Gaza International Airport in Rafah, southern Gaza, on July 7, 2014. (Photo: Said Khatib-AFP)
A ball of fire is seen following an Israel airstrike on Gaza International Airport in Rafah, southern Gaza, on July 7, 2014. (Photo: Said Khatib-AFP)
Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses after an Israeli missile strike hit Gaza City on July 8, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Hams-AFP)
Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses after an Israeli missile strike hit Gaza City on July 8, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Hams-AFP)
Palestinians inspect damaged houses after an Israeli missile strike hit Gaza City on July 8, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Hams-AFP)
Palestinians inspect damaged houses after an Israeli missile strike hit Gaza City on July 8, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Hams-AFP)
Israeli soldiers wake up near their military vehicles in a deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014. (Photo: David Buimovitch-AFP)
Israeli soldiers wake up near their military vehicles in a deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014. (Photo: David Buimovitch-AFP)
An Israeli soldier performs a morning prayer in a deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014. (Photo: David Buimovitch-AFP)
An Israeli soldier performs a morning prayer in a deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014. (Photo: David Buimovitch-AFP)
An Israeli Apache helicopter shoots a missile over the Gaza Strip as seen from Israel's border with Gaza on July 8, 2014. (Photo: Jack Guez-AFP)
An Israeli Apache helicopter shoots a missile over the Gaza Strip as seen from Israel's border with Gaza on July 8, 2014. (Photo: Jack Guez-AFP)
A man uses a fire extinguisher after a vehicle (unseen) was targeted in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on July 8, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Abed-AFP)
A man uses a fire extinguisher after a vehicle (unseen) was targeted in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on July 8, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Abed-AFP)
A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 8, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, neighboring the Gaza Strip. (Photo: David Buimovitch-AFP)
A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 8, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, neighboring the Gaza Strip. (Photo: David Buimovitch-AFP)
Palestinian men inspect the site of an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 08, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Hams-AFP)
Palestinian men inspect the site of an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 08, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Hams-AFP)
A Palestinian boy stops at a toy stall set-up under a wall covered in Arabic graffiti referring the armed wing of the ruling Hamas movement, in Beit Lahia, in the northern of the Gaza Strip on July 3, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Abed-AFP
A Palestinian boy stops at a toy stall set-up under a wall covered in Arabic graffiti referring the armed wing of the ruling Hamas movement, in Beit Lahia, in the northern of the Gaza Strip on July 3, 2014. (Photo: Mohammed Abed-AFP)
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014. (Photo: Said Khatib-AFP)
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014. (Photo: Said Khatib-AFP)
Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers at the gates of the Beit El Jewish settlement in the Israel occupied West Bank near Ramallah on July 9, 2014, as they protest against the bombardment of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli air force. (Photo: Abbas Momani-AFP)
Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers at the gates of the Beit El Jewish settlement in the Israel occupied West Bank near Ramallah on July 9, 2014, as they protest against the bombardment of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli air force. (Photo: Abbas Momani-AFP)

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