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Israel drops leaflets warning Gaza residents; death toll rises to 168

Israeli forces drop leaflets warning of airstrikes in Gaza; death toll climbs to 168.
By Danielle Haynes   |   July 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

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JERUSALEM, July 13 (UPI) -- Israeli forces warned Gaza residents to evacuate Hamas sites in order to avoid civilian deaths from airstrikes.

After six days of airstrikes, Israel has hit 1,320 targets in Gaza, including 735 concealed rocket launchers, CNN reported.

Those strikes have resulted in 168 deaths and 1,100 injuries, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

Seventy percent of the deaths include civilians, 27 of which were children, said Chris Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.

Some 800 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, most of which were intercepted with the Iron Dome defense system. Israeli military officials said one rocket severely injured an Israeli teen.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials said they would consider a ceasefire, but only if it results in long-term stability and quiet.

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Topics: Gaza, Hamas, Iron Dome
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