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Death Toll in Gaza Climbs, Israel Calls up More Troops

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More than three weeks have passed since Israel launched its current offensive against Gaza, after a series of cross-border kidnappings and killings. In that time, Reuters reports that more than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed, nearly 7,000 wounded, the majority of them civilians. In Israel, 56 soldiers and 3 civilians have also lost their lives, another 400 wounded. The New York Times reports that Israel has struck 3,577 targets, while 2,753 rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israel. Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels. Today, Israel called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza operation. Gathered here are images of the conflict from the past 9 days. Warning: Many of these photographs are graphic in nature. [40 photos]

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Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City on July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas earlier this week, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City on July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas earlier this week, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A spherical shockwave surrounds the muzzle of an Israeli artillery piece as it fires a 155mm shell towards targets from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 30, 2014. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #
Palestinians carry the dead body of a man following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a van, in Gaza City on July 31, 2014. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #
Light streaks and smoke trails are seen as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel on July 23, 2014. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
An Israeli woman is taken by paramedics on a stretcher to the hospital after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit an apartment in the coastal city of Ashkelon, Israel, on July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) #
Fliers are dropped over Gaza City by the Israeli army urging residents to evacuate their homes on July 30, 2014. Israeli bombardments early on July 30 killed "dozens" of Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 16 at a UN school, medics said, on day 23 of the Israel-Hamas conflict. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
One of several Israeli shells is captured mid-flight, just before it strikes a target in the northern Gaza Strip, viewed from the Israeli border with Gaza on July 26, 2014. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun) #
Injured Palestinians lay on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, on July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) #
A mare and her foal walk through the rubble of destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip, during a humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. The bodies of at least 35 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza during the truce. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
The trail of a missile launched by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, as it intercepts and destroys a rocket launched from Gaza into Israel, on July 25, 2014. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Israeli armored personnel carrier rolls at an army deployment near border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014. (Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images) #
A boy looks on as the carcass of a donkey killed earlier in the day, when a strike hit a UN school in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, is removed on July 30, 2014. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) #
Palestinians gather around the rubble of a building where at least 20 members of the Al Najar extended family were killed by an Israeli strike in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba) #
Israeli army officers talk with journalists at the entrance of a tunnel said to be used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks before an army-organized tour at the Gaza border on July 25, 2014. (Reuters/Jack Guez) #
An Israeli army officer gives explanations to journalists during an army-organized tour in a tunnel said to be used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, on July 25, 2014. (Reuters/Jack Guez) #
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City on July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) #
Palestinians lay on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, on July 30, 2014. Among those killed in this incident was photojournalist Rami Rayan, working with the Palestine Network for Press and Media (on the ground, center-left, blue shirt, black vest). A terrifying first-person video of this shelling can been viewed here. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) #
A displaced Palestinian girl who lost a relative in an Israeli airstrike at a U.N school cries at Beit Hanoun hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) #
A bird flies near the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio after it was targeted in an Israeli strike in central Gaza City on July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #
Palestinians attend the evening prayers outside a destroyed mosque, after it was hit by an Israeli strike in Gaza City on July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #
Israeli soldiers, family, and friends mourn over the grave of Sergeant Sagi Erez, an infantry soldier training to be a squad commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Haifa, northern Israel on July 29, 2014. Erez, 19, was killed Monday in combat after Gaza militants used a tunnel to sneak into Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
An Israeli soldier speaks on his mobile phone as he sits on a tank outside the Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #
An explosion during an Israeli strike in the northern Gaza Strip early in the morning of July 26, 2014, before a cease-fire briefly took effect. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun) #
Palestinian Ismail Radwan, 45, inspects the damage to his family apartment caused by a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, on July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) #
Widespread destruction in the Shejaia neighborhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes on July 26, 2014. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #
Palestinians try to dig a body out of the rubble of a destroyed house hit by an Israeli strike during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood on July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #
An Israeli Apache helicopter fires flares above Israel near the border with the northern Gaza Strip on July 22, 2014. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
An abandoned shoe sits beside drying blood at a United Nations-run school sheltering Palestinians displaced by an Israeli ground offensive, that police said was hit by an Israeli shell, in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2014. At least 15 people were killed and many wounded when a shell struck the school. Chris Gunness, spokesman for the main U.N. agency in Gaza UNRWA, confirmed the strike and criticized Israel. The Israeli military said an investigation into the attack on the school showed that a single errant mortar shell landed in an empty courtyard, denying it was responsible for the deaths. (Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly) #
Mortar cases are piled at a military staging area near the border with the Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
Two-year-old Palestinian girl Naama Abu al-Foul sleeps after undergoing treatment at Gaza City's Al-Shifa hospital following Israeli bombing next to her family's home in the battered city on July 23, 2014. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #
Israeli soldiers carry their comrade on a stretcher after he was wounded in a Palestinian mortar strike, as they evacuate him from the scene outside the central Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. (Reuters/Ido Erez) #
Israeli army reservists take cover as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets near the southern city of Ashkelon on July 23, 2014. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
Palestinians walk past a fire following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza City on July 24, 2014. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem) #
Smoke rises after an Israeli strike hit the offices of the Hamas movement's Al-Aqsa satellite TV station in Gaza City on July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) #
A man carries the body of Palestinian girl, who medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike that destroyed her family's house, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2014. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) #
Flames engulf the fuel tanks of the only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip after it was hit by overnight Israeli shelling, on July 29, 2014, in the south of Gaza City. The damage of the power plant exacerbated the heavy damage to civilian infrastructure in Gaza already inflicted during the 22 days of the Israeli offensive aimed at stamping out militant rocket fire and destroying attack tunnels. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Israeli soldier attends the funeral of fellow Israeli soldier Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, in Meitar near Beersheba, on July 28, 2014. (Reuters/Siegfried Modola) #
Displaced Palestinian Hajar Muharram, 5, sits in a classroom where her family of seven now live, at a U.N. school, in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) #
In a picture taken from the Israel-Gaza border, smoke rises from the coastal side of the Gaza strip following an Israeli air strike on July 30, 2014. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #

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