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In pictures: Israel's assault on Gaza

Photo: AFP / Menahem Kahana

Israel’s assault on Gaza entered a 12th day Saturday with the Jewish state launching fresh air strikes and tank shelling against the besieged Palestinian territory.

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The assault, which Israel says it launched in response to rocket fire on Israeli territory from Gaza-based Hamas and its allies, was stepped up on Thursday with the start of a ground offensive on the Gaza Strip.

The death toll from the fighting is now thought to stand at 307 Palestinians and two Israelis, while some 2,250 Palestinians and several Israelis have been injured.

In pictures: Israel's assault on Gaza
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