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Israel Steps Up Attacks, Gaza Returns Fire

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Over the weekend, Israeli air strikes pounded dozens more targets in the Gaza Strip, as Hamas militants launched rockets into southern Israel and toward Tel Aviv. Israel's recent air barrage has targeted individuals and buildings in more densely populated areas, and the civilian death toll is mounting. Local officials in Gaza have placed the death toll at more than 90 since Wednesday. International mediators are working hard to forge a deal that would lead to a truce. However, Israeli forces are still massing on Gaza's border, and Hamas refuses to negotiate while Israel continues its air strikes. Gathered here are images from a weekend of violent exchanges between Israel and Gaza, with no clear indication whether the situation will worsen or reach a cease-fire any time soon. [39 photos]

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Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on November 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on November 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
An emergency rescue worker carries a child's body found in the Daloo family house rubble following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on November 18, 2012. Palestinian medical officials say at least 10 civilians, including women and young children, were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) #
Smoke trails are seen as rockets are launched from the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel, on November 17, 2012. Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Tel Aviv on Saturday but it was intercepted in mid-air by a newly deployed Israeli anti-missile battery and caused no casualties or damage, police said. (Reuters/Majdi Fathi) #
The aftermath of an Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome air defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, seen from the southern Israeli-Gaza border, after being fired in response to a rocket launched from the nearby Gaza Strip, on November 17, 2012. Over the past 72 hours, the Israeli army says militants have fired more than 600 rockets over the border, of which 404 hit and 245 were intercepted by Iron Dome. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #
Israeli police explosives experts work atop a roof damaged after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in the southern town of Ofakim, on November 18, 2012. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun) #
A Palestinian Christian woman lights a candle during a mass for the children of Gaza in the Church of the Annunciation in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, on November 18, 2012. (Musa Al Shaer/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Israeli F-16 jet fighter en route to Gaza Strip, flies over an area where the Iron Dome missile system is deployed near the city of Ashdod, Israel, on November 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
Israeli soldiers prepare tanks near the border with the central Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
Smoke billows behind a mosque following an Israeli air strike on smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah near the border with Egypt, early on November 17, 2012. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images) #
A long distance rocket lunched by Palestinian militants towards Israel makes its way from the northern Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, on November 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
An explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, on November 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) #
An Israeli shoots a video at the scene after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern city of Ashdod, on November 18, 2012. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
Israelis embrace as they take cover in a stairwell during the sounding of a siren warning of incoming rockets in the coastal city of Ashkelon, on November 18, 2012. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
Palestinians inspect the destroyed office building of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City, on November 17, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the building housing the prime minister's office, after Israel's Cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing the ground for a possible invasion into Gaza. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem) #
Palestinians gather around a destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) #
A Palestinian boy walks up the stairs of a house destroyed on Sunday by an Israeli strike in Gaza City, on November 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in its campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) #
A Palestinian man, a neighbor of Ezzedine Haddad, commander of the armed wing of the Hamas movement, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, is comforted by family members after an Israeli airstrike which destroyed the home of the commander in Gaza City, on November 17, 2012. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Iron Dome missile is launched in Tel Aviv, to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza, on November 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) #
Israelis rush for cover during a siren alert for a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, at a residential building in Tel Aviv, Israel, on November 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty) #
An Israeli boy lies on a mattress inside a bomb shelter at Kibbutz Reim, outside the central Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun) #
Smoke rises following an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, on November 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
An explosion, after Israeli airstrikes at the Hamas police headquarters in Gaza City, on November 17, 2012. (Reuters/Saleh Salem) #
Palestinians stand near the rubble of the building of Attia Abu Inkara, a Hamas militant leader, following an Israeli air strike in Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba) #
A Palestinian man kisses the hand of a dead relative in the morgue of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, on November 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #
Palestinians lift the body of a child belonging to the al-Dalo family during his funeral in Gaza City, on November 19, 2012. Nine members of the al-Dalo family were killed in an Israeli strike on their house on Sunday, Palestinian medics said. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah) #
Smoke billows as debris flies from the explosion at the local Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza City, on November 18, 2012. Israeli aircraft fired missiles at two media centers in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the Israeli military said. (AP Photo/Yaseer Qudih) #
Journalists from different agencies run after an Israeli air strike on an office of Hamas television channel Al-Aqsa in Gaza City, on November 18, 2012. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon, on November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Darren Whiteside) #
An Israeli woman walks through a damaged house hit by a rocked fired from the Gaza Strip, near the Israel-Gaza border, on November 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) #
A dog stands outside a damaged house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in a village near the southern city of Ashdod, on November 17, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
Israeli women take cover in a stairwell as a siren signals the warning of incoming rockets in the coastal city of Ashkelon, on November 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) #
Israeli soldiers with their tanks in a staging area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, on November 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
An Israeli officer holds a Torah scroll as he reads from a holy book while others gather in a staging area near the Israel-Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, on November 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
Smoke and flames rise after Israeli strikes in Gaza City, on November 17, 2012. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem) #
A Palestinian inspects the damage to a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot) #
A member of the Abdel Aal family is rescued after the family house collapsed during an Israeli air strike in the Tufah neighborhood, Gaza City, on November 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan) #
Smoke and fire are from an explosion at a high-rise building housing media organizations in Gaza City, on November 19, 2012. This was the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) #
A wounded Palestinian girl lies on a hospital bed after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, on November 17, 2012. (Reuters/ Ali Hassan) #
Palestinians firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza City, on November 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #

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