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In photos: Day of destruction in Gaza as Israel escalates air strikes

Israel mobilizes for a potential ground operation as tensions mount over killing of three Israelis and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian teen

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Palestinians bring a wounded man to a hospital in Gaza City on Tuesday. The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, striking nearly 100 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.

HATEM MOUSSA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Tuesday. By Tuesday afternoon, as many as 15 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli operation, dubbed Operation Protective Edge.

KHALIL HAMRA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City on Tuesday.

ADEL HANA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Palestinians inspect the wreckage of vehicle was hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. An Israeli air strike killed four Palestinian militants, Hamas officials said.

KHALIL HAMRA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Israeli soldiers take cover as a siren sounds, warning of incoming rockets, in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Israel’s Iron Dome interceptor system deflected a rocket fired at Tel Aviv, a military source told Reuters.

NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Palestinian look at a destroyed house after an Israeli missile strike on a house in Khan Younis.

KHALIL HAMRA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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A Palestinian woman reacts after what police said were Israeli air strikes that destroyed a house in Khan Younis on Tuesday.

IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men watch Israeli air strikes over the Gaza Strip from a lookout point near the Israeli town of Sderot on Tuesday.

BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

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Residents take cover in a concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter, as a siren warning of incoming rockets is sounded in the southern community of Nitzan, near the southern port city of Ashdod, on Tuesday.

FINBARR O'REILLY/REUTERS

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