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Author Name: Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller
More Mayhem In Gaza As Israeli Shells Kill At Least 19 At Refugee Camp
A Palestinian girl who medics said was injured by Israeli shelling during an Israeli ground offensive, sits on a bed at a hospital in Beit Lahita in the northern Gaza Strip July 30, 2014.GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel killed at least 19 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, a U.N. official said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting. Israel has been shelling in Jebalya, where some 120,000 people live, since Tuesday, in what the chief Israeli military spokesman, Brigadier-General Motti Almoz, described as a slight broadening of its campaign against militants in the Hamas Islamist-dominated Gaza Strip. Israeli tank fire also struck the main market in Jebalya on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 40 others, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Seven members of one family died in an Israeli attack in Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing, said in a broadcast message on Tuesday that Palestinians would continue confronting Israel until its blockade on Gaza - which is supported by neighboring Egypt - was lifted. Five rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel on Wednesday, landing harmlessly in open areas, police said. Israel has balked at freeing up Gaza's borders under any de-escalation deal unless Hamas's disarmament is also guaranteed. UNRWA, the main U.N. relief agency in Gaza, said it was at "Breaking point" with more than 200,000 Palestinians having taken shelter in its schools and buildings following calls by Israel for civilians to evacuate whole neighborhoods before military operations.

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