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Heartbreak in pictures: The Israel-Gaza conflict has taken an immensely devastating toll on civilians

Israel's Iron Dome interception technology has prevented many rockets from landing in Israeli territory, but the 9 days of violence between Israel and Hamas-ruled Gaza has ravaged Gaza, devastating the lives and homes of many Palestinian civilians, as well as disrupting the lives of countless Israelis who have been sent fleeing into bomb shelters regularly.

According to the UN News Centre, 'the level of human loss and destruction ... is immense.'

As of Wednesday, Palestinian health officials said that the Palestinian death toll rose to 204, with some 1,450 wounded, according to AP.

AP also reported that, 'on the Israeli side, one man was killed and several people were wounded since the fighting erupted on July 8.'

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released a report Tuesday night reporting that, in Gaza, 1,370 homes have been destroyed, directly displacing 8,200, and 600,000 people were at risk of losing access to water supply.

Hamas's constant attacks on Israel has forced countless Israeli civilians into bomb shelters, a practice many Israelis have become accustomed to over the many years of targeted attacks.

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malcolmx000 July 16 2014 at 5:35 AM

The Jews didn't start this issue....! So stop putting the blame on them.. Hamas and all of the other radical groups in the middle east. Stop screwing with them.....

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lawrencefishberg July 16 2014 at 5:40 AM

Blame the filthy hamas....this "article" mentions nothing about this dirty terrorist cabal and puts the blame on "evil" Israel.....

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airamrka July 16 2014 at 5:16 AM

Ladies it is time to have a chat with Hamas. They keep firing missiles at Israel, who agreed to a ceasefire, and Israel is going to keep punishing the Gaza strip and rightfully so.

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FRED July 16 2014 at 5:37 AM

This is totally the 'Slums fault, if hamas would stop firing at Israel and follow the cease fire, then perhaps Israel would stop defending themselves. Funny how the press can't seem to see this.

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Doug July 16 2014 at 5:29 AM

Simple. Hamas stops their shi* - the destruction and death stops.

It's up to them. It's their responsibility, not Israel's

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buckeye3118 July 16 2014 at 5:08 AM

What about the death toll in Israel? When Hamas and their supporters start acting civilized, then they will be treated as civilized.

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meemeepit July 16 2014 at 5:04 AM

how come their leaders chose to continue FIGHTING??? OH well so if they all die will I care ???NO and HELL NO!! Hamas is doing it...to the people

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lawrencefishberg July 16 2014 at 5:41 AM

Give me a break....go to the cause of their anguish...the filthy hamas.

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katrinabennet lawrencefishberg July 16 2014 at 10:26 PM

They Suck big time! Just as hot-headed as the nuts centuries ago in Bagdad!
They learned nothing!!!!

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Jem July 16 2014 at 9:31 AM

I am shocked at the blatant anti-Israel bias in this article. I have never been more disappointed in aol and their terrible news reporting, you have lost my business. If you want to be neutral, show both sides, but this one sided news reporting is despicable.

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Whitney Sigler July 16 2014 at 9:26 AM

This article is so slanted to make it seem like the Palestinians have it so much worse than the Israelis just because the death toll is higher. The Israelis are intelligent people who have used technology to protect their citizens from being killed by Palestinian rockets, whereas the Palestinians are cowards who care nothing about their own people and use their citizens as human shields so they can then cry to the world that Israel is killing innocent civilians. When are people going to wake up and see what's really happening here?! Israel wants peace, but the Palestinians won't rest until every last Jew is murdered- end of story.

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