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July 25, 2014

Conflict continues in Gaza

The conflict in the Mideast has intensified in the last month with turbulent fighting in Gaza strip. Over 800 Palestinians have been killed and over 5,000 injured, according to Palestinan health officials. World leaders have been working on a truce between Hamas and Israel to end the bloodshed. --Leanne Burden Seidel (36 photos total)

Smoke and flames are seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 8. Israel bombarded dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip on, stepping up what it said might become a long-term offensive against Islamist Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers at the gates of the Beit El Jewish settlement in the Israel occupied West Bank near Ramallah on July 9, as they protest against the bombardment of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli air force. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Mourners gather at a funeral at a mosque in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, July 15, for Sarah Omar el-Eid, 4, bottom, and her father, Omar, 26, center, and her uncle Jihad, 27, top. The three were killed by an Israeli strike. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #

A girl and her mother, who are hoping to cross into Egypt, look out a bus window as they wait at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip July 16. Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah border crossing to Gaza to allow wounded Palestinians to receive medical care in Egypt, and to allow holders of foreign passports, including Egyptians, to leave the Strip, border officials in Gaza said. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) #

Israelis look up at an Iron Dome missile as it intercepts a rocket that was fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip at a hilltop near Sderot in this July 13. Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip on after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. (Nir Elias/Reuters) #

Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City on July 12. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Israeli woman takes cover at the side of the road as warning sirens for incoming rockets sound near the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi, Israel, July 16. Israel warned residents of the northern Gaza Strip to leave their houses as a Palestinian official said the number of people killed in the coastal enclave from Israeli airstrikes had topped 200. (ABIR SULTAN/EPA) #

Elderly Israeli women sleep in a bomb shelter in the southern city of Beersheba, Israel, July 12. Israeli airstrikes overnight targeting Hamas in Gaza hit a mosque its military says concealed the militant group's weapons, in an offensive that showed no signs of slowing down. (Tsafrir Abayov/Associated Press) #

A girl cries as Palestinians flee their homes in the Shajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, after Israel had airdropped leaflets warning people to leave the area, July 16. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #

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Palestinians carry the body of a boy, whom medics said was killed by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, on a beach in Gaza City, July 16. Four Palestinian children were killed and one was critically wounded on the Gaza beach on by the shell fired by the Israeli naval gunboat, a Palestinian health official said. (Mohammed Talatene/Reuters) #

Relatives of four Palestinian children from the Baker family, whom medics said were killed by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, mourn during their funeral in Gaza City, July 16. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) #

Israelis and tourists take cover after running from the beach during a rocket attack fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on July 15, in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian woman (L) cries inside her damaged house, which police said was targeted in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 17. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) #

Israeli reserve soldiers go inside a cement pipe used as an air raid bomb shelter in a field along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, early July 15, when several 'red alert' alerts sounded. (JIM HOLLANDER/EPA) #

An Israeli woman and her son take cover as a siren sounds during a rocket attack fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza, in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 15. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press) #

Palestinians sleep at the yard of a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya early on July 16, after evacuating their houses near the border with Israel. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images) #

A mourner weeps over the body of Dror Khenin as he is lowered into the ground at a cemetary after his funeral on July 16, in Yahud Monoson, Israel. Khenin was the first Israeli to be killed by a Hamas motar as he offered food to Israeli soldiers working near the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) #

Israeli armored personnel carriers maneuvre outside the northern Gaza Strip July 18. Israel intensified its land offensive in Gaza with artillery, tanks and gunboats on and warned it could "significantly widen" an operation Palestinian officials said was killing ever greater numbers of civilians. The Israeli land advance followed 10 days of barrages against Gaza from air and sea, hundreds of rockets fired by Hamas into Israel and failed attempts by Egypt, a broker of ceasefires in previous Israeli-Palestinian flare-ups, to secure a truce. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters) #

Palestinians live at a United Nations school where dozens of families have sought refuge after fleeing their homes following heavy Israeli forces' strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. Disagreement over whether to lift the Gaza blockade is a key stumbling block to ending fighting between the Islamic militant Hamas and Israel. Some in Gaza say they would rather endure more fighting than return to life under the blockade. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #

Palestinian medics treat a wounded girl at the emergency room of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, July 18. (Khalil Hamra/Associated Press) #

Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery cannons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian enclave, on July 21. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian firefighter walks amidst the rubble of a house which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 23. Israeli forces pounded multiple sites across the Gaza Strip including the enclave's sole power plant, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists, as diplomats sought to end the bloodshed. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters) #

An Israeli soldier lifts a shell at a site where mobile artillery units are deployed, outside the Gaza Strip July 21. The Palestinian death toll in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip jumped to more than 500 on Monday, as the United States, alarmed by escalating civilian bloodshed, took a direct role in efforts to secure a ceasefire. Israel's losses also mounted. Following the death of 13 soldiers on Sunday, Israel said seven more troops had died on Monday, including four killed when a group of militants tunnelled across the border from Gaza and fired at their jeep. (Nir Elias/Reuters) #

A Palestinian youth carries blankets donated to the United Nations school where hundreds of families sought refuge after fleeing their homes due to heavy Israeli missile strikes in Gaza City, July 23. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes and are staying in 77 UN shelters. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press)) #

Israeli soldiers of the Armored Corps mourn over the grave of Captain Natan Cohen, platoon commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Modiin, near Jerusalem Israel, July 23. Cohen, 23, was killed while fighting in the Gaza Strip. (Ariel Schalit/Associated Press) #

Palestinian firefighters extinguish fire at a house destroyed by an Israeli air strike on July 22, in Gaza City. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Palestinians children stand at the window as they watch the funeral for members of the al-Kelani family in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on July 22. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images) #

Relatives of Israeli soldier Jordan Ben-Simon, who also holds French citizenship, mourn over his coffin during his funeral in Ashkelon, Israel, July 22. Ben-Simon was killed in combat in the Gaza Strip. (Tsafrir Abayov)/Associated Press) #

Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes during a protest against the Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip, at Howwara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 18. (ALAA BADARNEH/EPA) #

A relative is comforted by mourners as they gather around the bodies of seven members of the Kelani family, killed overnight by an Israeli strike in Gaza City, during their funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on July 22. Ibrahim Kelani, 53, his wife Taghreed and their five children, were killed in the strike on a Gaza City high-rise. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #

Israeli strikes seen in the east of Gaza strip along the border between Israel and Gaza City on, July 20. Since the start of Israel's offensive in Gaza on 08 July, which it says is aimed at ending rocket fire and destroying tunnels leading into Israel, at least 314 Palestinians have been killed and more than 2,270 wounded. (MOHAMMED SABER/EPA) #

A Palestinian woman runs to seek cover from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during calshes at a protest against the Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip, at Howwara checkpoint near the west bank city of Nablus, July 22. (ALAA BADARNEH/EPA) #

Israeli tank sits in a field as heavy smoke rises from the Gaza Strip, July 22. (Tsafrir Abayov/Associated Press) #

Palestinian girls walk amidst debris following an Israeli military strike in Gaza city, on July 23. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Palestinian girl, whom medics said was wounded in Israeli shelling at a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, lies on a bed at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip July 24. At least 15 people were killed and many wounded. (Mohammed Salem /Reuters) #

A Palestinian medic holds two children, wounded in an Israeli strike, according to Palestinian officials, on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, as other medics treat serious cases at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, July 24. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #