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In pictures: Civilian toll in Gaza climbs

As fighting continues between Israel and Hamas, the U.S. State Department calls on Israel to do more to avoid civilian casualties

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A Palestinian salvages belongings from a damaged home, which police said was targeted in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 17, 2014. Israeli shelling killed four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, in an incident Washington described as ‘horrifying.’

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A Palestinian man holds prayer beads as his family gathers inside their damaged home, which police said was targeted in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 17, 2014. The Obama administration criticized Israel on Thursday for failing to do all it can to prevent civilian casualties.

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Palestinians stand next to a house which police said was targeted in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 17, 2014. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki criticized Hamas militants in Gaza who continue to fire rockets and mortars into Israel.

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A Palestinian woman reacts next to debris in her house, which police said was targeted in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 17, 2014. U.S. officials have been pushing an Egyptian ceasefire proposal.

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A Palestinian woman cries inside her damaged house, which police said was targeted in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 17, 2014. Fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed after a five-hour pause brokered by the UN.

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Palestinian boys salvage belongings from a damaged home, which police said was targeted in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City, July 17, 2014.

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