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Israel Pushes Ahead as Gaza Assault Enters Day 5

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli aircraft hit Palestinian
targets in Gaza again today after Jerusalem rejected a call for a
48-hour pause.
There's mounting international pressure on Israel to suspend its
air offensive against Hamas militants.
Israeli aircraft today targeted smuggling tunnels that are
Hamas' lifeline.
Gaza officials say at least 374 people are dead. Hamas says that
includes some 200 uniformed security forces. Four Israelis have
been killed by militant rocket fire, including three civilians.
Calls for an immediate cease-fire have come from the United
States, the European Union, the U.N. and Russia.
A spokesman for Israel's prime minister says "Giving Hamas a
respite just to regroup, rearm is a mistake."
The moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to meet
in Jordan later today with Turkish and Jordanian leaders. They plan
to discuss a possible cease-fire.


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