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Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C), army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz (R) and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon give a joint press conference at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2014. Netanyahu said Israelis must be ready for a long military campaign in Gaza, after mortar fire from the enclave killed four people in the Jewish state. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
An abandoned Palestinian home destroyed by Israeli strikes lies empty on the main road of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised speech Monday that Israelis must be "ready for a prolonged campaign" against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and that a demilitarization of Gaza must be part of any future solution in the territory. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised speech Monday that Israelis must be "ready for a prolonged campaign" against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and that a demilitarization of Gaza must be part of any future solution in the territory. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An abandoned Palestinian home destroyed by Israeli strikes lies empty on the main road of Mughraqa, in the central Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised speech Monday that Israelis must be "ready for a prolonged campaign" against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and that a demilitarization of Gaza must be part of any future solution in the territory. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Israeli artillery fires towards Gaza, near the Israel and Gaza border in the morning of Sunday, July 27, 2014. Hamas on Sunday agreed to observe a 24-hour truce in Gaza after initially rejecting a similar Israeli offer, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms of a lull that international diplomats had hoped could be expanded into a more sustainable truce. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the truce would go into effect at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) Sunday. But shortly after the truce was to have started warning sirens wailed in southern Israel and the military said three rockets landed in the area, without causing casualties or damage. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli strike killing Christian woman Jalila Ayyad, 70, in Gaza City on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
An Israeli soldier sleeps under the canon of a mobile artillery near the Israel and Gaza border, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Hamas on Sunday agreed to observe a 24-hour truce in Gaza after initially rejecting a similar Israeli offer, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms of a lull that international diplomats had hoped could be expanded into a more sustainable truce. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the truce would go into effect at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) Sunday. But shortly after the truce was to have started warning sirens wailed in southern Israel and the military said three rockets landed in the area, without causing casualties or damage. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
An Israeli soldier from an artillery battery plays guitar in near the Israel and Gaza border, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Hamas on Sunday agreed to observe a 24-hour truce in Gaza after initially rejecting a similar Israeli offer, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms of a lull that international diplomats had hoped could be expanded into a more sustainable truce. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the truce would go into effect at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) Sunday. But shortly after the truce was to have started warning sirens wailed in southern Israel and the military said three rockets landed in the area, without causing casualties or damage. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Smoke rises from explosions caused by an Israeli missile strike in the Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. The neighborhood came under heavy tank fire Sunday as Israel widened its ground offensive against Hamas, causing hundreds of panicked residents to flee. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 21: Relatives mourn as the dead bodies of the Palestinians who lost their lives during Israeli shelling on Shujaya neighbourhood of Gaza are taken to the morgue after just removed from the wreckage on July 21, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 21: Relatives mourn as the dead bodies of the Palestinians who lost their lives during Israeli shelling on Shujaya neighbourhood of Gaza are taken to the morgue after just removed from the wreckage on July 21, 2014. (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Maj. Amotz Greenberg, 45, during his funeral in the Israeli city of Hod Hasharon, Sunday, July 20, 2014. According to reports, Greenberg was killed fighting a group of militants who infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Relatives of Maj. Amotz Greenberg, 45, mourn during his funeral in the Israeli city of Hod Hasharon, Sunday, July 20, 2014. According to reports, Greenberg was killed fighting a group of militants who infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Smoke and flare of an explosion rise after an Israeli missile hit the Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. The neighborhood came under heavy tank fire Sunday as Israel widened its ground offensive against Hamas, causing hundreds of panicked residents to flee. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of Maj. Amotz Greenberg, 45, during his funeral in the Israeli city of Hod Hasharon, Sunday, July 20, 2014. According to reports, Greenberg was killed fighting a group of militants who infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Smoke rises after an Israeli missile hit Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled the neighborhood which they say has come under heavy tank fire from Israeli forces. Some reported seeing dead and wounded in the streets, with ambulances unable to reach the area. Israel widened its ground offensive early Sunday, sending more troops into the Hamas-ruled territory to destroy tunnels used by the Islamic militants to try to sneak into Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian families who fled their homes from Shijaiyah neighborhood, arrive to Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled the neighborhood which they say has come under heavy tank fire from Israeli forces. Some reported seeing dead and wounded in the streets, with ambulances unable to reach the area. Israel widened its ground offensive early Sunday, sending more troops into the Hamas-ruled territory to destroy tunnels used by the Islamic militants to try to sneak into Israel. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians escort a wounded woman in the emergency room of Shifa hospital in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hundreds of panicked residents have fled a Gaza City neighborhood which they say has come under heavy tank fire from Israeli forces. Some reported seeing dead and wounded in the streets, with ambulances unable to reach the area. Israel widened its ground offensive early Sunday, sending more troops into the Hamas-ruled territory to destroy tunnels used by the Islamic militants to try to sneak into Israel. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ismail Haniyeh, the outgoing Hamas prime minister in Gaza, speaks in front of a banner that shows Jerusalem, at his office in Gaza City, Monday, June 2, 2014. President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday swore in a Palestinian unity government, taking a major step toward ending a crippling territorial and political split among the Palestinians but also setting the stage for new friction with Israel. And while none of the Cabinet members are believed to be affiliated with Hamas, it remains unclear if the U.S. and Europe will accept the new government. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Israeli policemen arrest Israeli Arabs as they protest against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on July 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli policemen arrest Israeli Arabs as they protest against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on July 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke and flames rise after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said the new round of strikes raised the death toll from the 12-day offensive to more than 330 Palestinians, many of them civilians (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A pro-Palestinian demonstrator throws a stone towards riot police, during a demonstration in Paris, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Police have clashed with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban in Paris on marching to protest the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Some of the protesters threw stones and other objects at riot police, who responded with rounds of tear gas. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Gaza, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Israel pounded Hamas rocket launchers, uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and engaged in gunbattles with Palestinian militants Saturday, as fighting intensified on the second day of its open-ended ground operation in Gaza, as the Palestinian death toll continued to rise. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli soldiers sit atop a personnel carrier near the Israel and Gaza border, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Israel pounded Hamas rocket launchers, uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and engaged in gunbattles with Palestinian militants Saturday, as fighting intensified on the second day of its open-ended ground operation in Gaza, as the Palestinian death toll continued to rise. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Israeli soldiers ride near the border with Gaza, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Israel pounded Hamas rocket launchers, uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and engaged in gunbattles with Palestinian militants Saturday, as fighting intensified on the second day of its open-ended ground operation in Gaza, as the Palestinian death toll continued to rise. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli soldiers walk near the Israel and Gaza border, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Israel pounded Hamas rocket launchers, uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and engaged in gunbattles with Palestinian militants Saturday, as fighting intensified on the second day of its open-ended ground operation in Gaza, as the Palestinian death toll continued to rise. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Palestinian relatives of Mohammed Naser, chant slogans as they carry his lifeless body to the family house during his funeral in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Naser and eight others were killed in an early morning Israeli missile strike, official said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Gaza, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Israel pounded Hamas rocket launchers, uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and engaged in gunbattles with Palestinian militants Saturday, as fighting intensified on the second day of its open-ended ground operation in Gaza, as the Palestinian death toll continued to rise. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
An Israeli soldier wearing a prayer shawl walks near the Israel and Gaza border, Friday, July, 18, 2014 as Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave's Hamas rulers.(AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014. Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
An Israeli tank moves into position near the Israel and Gaza border, Friday, July, 18, 2014. Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave's Hamas rulers. If Israel and the Palestinian militants of Hamas can agree on one point, it seems, it's that things have to change. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
Smoke rises behind a mosque's minarets after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18, 2014. Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A Palestinian protester hurls a stone towards Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against the Israeli military action in Gaza, at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank of Nablus, Friday, July 18, 2014. Israeli troops pushed deeper into Gaza on Friday to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing volleys of tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a high-stakes ground offensive meant to weaken the enclave's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Young Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of Bashir Abdel Aal, a 20-year-old Hamas militant who was killed by Israeli tank shells minutes before a five-hour truce went into effect, on July 17, 2014 in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. An Israeli official said the Jewish state had agreed a ceasefire with Hamas that will begin at 0300 GMT on July 18, but the Islamist movement refused to confirm the deal. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers ride on a military vehicle near the Israel-Gaza Border, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Israel and Hamas have begun observing a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire, as fighting extended into a 10th day. The two sides agreed to the pause following a request by the United Nations so that supplies could be delivered to Gaza.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
An Israeli Merkava tank rolls near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014. Fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed in deadly earnest today, after a brief humanitarian ceasefire allowed Gaza residents to restock and hunker down, and as efforts towards a lasting truce intensified. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the Israeli Gaza border shows an Israeli army flare illuminating the sky above the Gaza strip on July 17, 2014. Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed four children , medics said, after a humanitarian lull in a 10-day conflict that has killed 237 Palestinians. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
AP10ThingsToSee - Relatives of Dror Chanin, 37, cry during his funeral in Yahud, Israel, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Chanin was fatally wounded when a mortar exploded near the vehicle he was traveling in, spraying him with shrapnel. Israeli police said he was delivering food to soldiers near the Gaza border. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Left wing Israelis hold signs as they participate in a demonstration against the Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed Thursday, including an airstrike that killed three Palestinian children feeding pigeons on their roof, after a temporary cease-fire that allowed Gazans to stock up on supplies. Hebrew on sign reads: "Stop the fighting." (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Left wing Israelis hold signs as they participate in a demonstration against the Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed Thursday, including an airstrike that killed three Palestinian children feeding pigeons on their roof, after a temporary cease-fire that allowed Gazans to stock up on supplies. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 17: An Israeli soldier prays after helping fire artillery shells into Gaza on July 17, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. As the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge' enters its tenth day, the body count in Gaza has reach over 200 people. One Israeli has been killed in a Mortar attack. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A woman runs for cover as sirens are heard in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod during a rocket attack by Palestinian militants from the neighboring Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014. Fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed in deadly earnest today after a brief humanitarian ceasefire allowed Gaza residents to restock and hunker down, and as efforts towards a lasting truce intensified. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli tank maneuvers to take a position along the Israel-Gaza Border, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Israel and Hamas have begun observing a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire, as fighting extended into a 10th day. The two sides agreed to the pause following a request by the United Nations so that supplies could be delivered to Gaza.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli extreme right wing activists protest in support of the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip and against a left wing demonstration against the offensive, on July 17, 2014, in Jerusalem. Israeli tank fire in Gaza killed three people today night, raising the Palestinian death toll in 10 days of violence in the coastal enclave to 240, medics said. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers stand near the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip (background) on July 17, 2014. Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed four children today, medics said, after a humanitarian lull in a 10-day conflict that has killed 237 Palestinians. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - JULY 17: The funeral of Jasmin al-Astal (4), Kavser Hussain al-Astal (70) and Hussain Abdulnaser al-Astar (23) as a result of Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 17, 2014. Death toll has reached to 236 and wounded numbers have reached to 1,685 within the 'Operation Protective Edge' in Gaza. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the Israeli Gaza border shows smoke billowing from the Gaza Strip following an Israeli air strike on July 17, 2014. Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed four children , medics said, after a humanitarian lull in a 10-day conflict that has killed 237 Palestinians. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - JULY 17: The funeral of Jasmin al-Astal (4) as a result of Israeli air strike in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 17, 2014. Death toll has reached to 236 and wounded numbers have reached to 1,685 within the 'Operation Protective Edge' in Gaza. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An Israeli soldier flashes the 'V' for victory sign from an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014. Fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed in deadly earnest today, after a brief humanitarian ceasefire allowed Gaza residents to restock and hunker down, and as efforts towards a lasting truce intensified. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli Merkava tank rolls near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014. Fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed in deadly earnest today, after a brief humanitarian ceasefire allowed Gaza residents to restock and hunker down, and as efforts towards a lasting truce intensified. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke from rockets fired from a northern neighborhood of Gaza City are seen after being launched toward Israel on July 17, 2014. Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed four children, medics said, after a humanitarian lull in a 10-day conflict that has killed 237 Palestinians. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
The bodies of Jihad and Wassim Shuheiber, aged 8 and 7 respectively, and their 10-year-old cousin Fulla lie in the morgue at al-Shifa hospital, in Gaza City, on July 17, 2014. Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed five children, medics said, hours after a temporary humanitarian ceasefire ended. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli Merkava tank rolls near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014. Fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed in deadly earnest today, after a brief humanitarian ceasefire allowed Gaza residents to restock and hunker down, and as efforts towards a lasting truce intensified. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
RAMLA, ISRAEL - JULY 17: Israeli home front unit soldiers work at an emergency call centre on July 17, 2014 in Ramla, Israel.As the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge' enters it's tenth day, the body count in Gaza has reach over 200 people. One Israeli has been killed in a Mortar attack. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 17: Building of Al Yazici family, destroyed in an Israeli airstrike within the 'Operation Protective Edge', killed 230 people and wounded 1685 others in Gaza City, Gaza on July 17, 2014. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 17: A sports shop is destroyed on Israel's airstrike in Gaza city, Gaza on 17 July, 2014. 230 people died and 1865 people wounded at the 10th day of airstrikes. (Photo by Ezz Zanoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 17: Al Yazici family collect the usable stuff among the ruins of their house destroyed in an Israeli airstrike within the 'Operation Protective Edge', killed 230 people and wounded 1685 others in Gaza City, Gaza on July 17, 2014. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 17: Relatives of Muhammed Bekir, killed in an Israeli airstrike as he was playing on the beach with his friends, mourn after his death in Gaza City, Gaza on July 17, 2014. Death toll has reached to 230 and wounded numbers have reached to 1,685 within the 'Operation Protective Edge' in Gaza. (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers watch the smoke trails of 155mm shells fired at targets in the Gaza Strip, at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on July 17, 2014. Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement have agreed on a ceasefire that will begin at 0300 GMT on Friday, an Israeli official told AFP. AFP PHOTO /MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken in Beit Hanun in the north of the Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014, shows the Hamas checkpoint located at the entrance of Gaza, about three kilometers from Israel's Erez border crossing, after it was hit by an Israeli air strike. Israel and Hamas agreed to abide by a five-hour humanitarian truce, from 0700 to 1200 GMT, as requested by the United Nations. It brought temporary reprieve from nine days of fighting in which 230 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes, and one Israeli killed by a rocket attack. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli Merkava tank rolls along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip following Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian coastal enclave before a five-hour truce went into effect, on July 17, 2014. Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas were observing a temporary five-hour humanitarian ceasefire, both sides said, on the 10th day of conflict between the sides. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 17: An Israeli soldier prays after helping fire artillery shells into Gaza on July 17, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. As the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge' enters its tenth day, the body count in Gaza has reach over 200 people. One Israeli has been killed in a Mortar attack. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A Palestinian mourner carries the body of five-month-old girl Lama al-Satri after she was killed in an Israeli air strike the previous day, during her funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 16, 2014. The Israeli army said it has agreed to a UN request to halt its attacks on the Gaza Strip for five hours on July 17 on humanitarian grounds. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this file photo taken July 11, 2014, Palestinians look at the damage of a destroyed house where five members of the Ghannam family were killed in an Israeli missile strike early morning in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip. Israel says its punishing air assault on Hamas militants, their property and their weaponry has delivered a devastating blow to the Islamic militant group. Yet rocket fire at Israel has continued almost unabated. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
FILE - In this file photo taken July 9, 2014, Israeli missiles hit smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Israel says its punishing air assault on Hamas militants, their property and their weaponry has delivered a devastating blow to the Islamic militant group. Yet rocket fire at Israel has continued almost unabated. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File)
FILE - In this file photo taken July 9, 2014, an Israeli missile hits an area in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Israel says its punishing air assault on Hamas militants, their property and their weaponry has delivered a devastating blow to the Islamic militant group. Yet rocket fire at Israel has continued almost unabated. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File)
A photographer runs to a better position as Israeli army bulldozers move to a staging area on the Israel-Gaza border, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza Thursday hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, as Palestinians reported more than a dozen of people killed in strikes that hit a home and a beachside cafe and Israel's missile defense system once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's heartland. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on Gaza, seen from the Israel-Gaza Border, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza Thursday hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, as Palestinians reported more than a dozen of people killed in strikes that hit a home and a beachside cafe and Israel's missile defense system once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's heartland. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians search in the rubble of a destroyed house where eight members of the Al Haj family were killed in a strike early morning in Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza Thursday hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, as Palestinians reported more than a dozen of people killed in strikes that hit a home and a beachside cafe and Israel's missile defense system once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's heartland. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
An Israeli missile hits Palestinian buildings in Gaza City on July 17, 2014. Israel launched a ground operation in Gaza late Thursday on the 10th day of an offensive to stamp out rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave, the army said. At least 240 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air strikes since July 8, many of them children, medics in Gaza said, with a NGO based in the coastal enclave saying 80 percent of the deaths are civilians. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the Israeli Gaza border shows an Israeli army flare illuminating the sky above the Gaza strip on July 17, 2014. Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed four children , medics said, after a humanitarian lull in a 10-day conflict that has killed 237 Palestinians. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian boy holds damaged pages of a Koran, Islam's holy book, as he inspects a building hit by an Israeli air strike before a five-hour truce went into effect, on July 17, 2014 in Gaza City. Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas were observing a temporary five-hour humanitarian ceasefire, both sides said, on the 10th day of conflict between the sides. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 16: Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire that broke out after an Israeli air strikes hit a building in Gaza City, Gaza on July 16, 2014. Israeli airstrike killed 213 people and 1530 others wounded in Gaza. (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the Israeli Gaza border shows smoke billowing from the Gaza Strip following an Israeli air strike on July 16, 2014. Israel intensified its bombardment of Gaza, killing four children on a beach in an apparent naval salvo and launching deadly air strikes, as regional leaders sought to end the killing. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 16 : Israeli airstrike targeted Gaza kills 4 Palestinian children while they were playing on the beach in Gaza City, Gaza. (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An man reads a prayer at the grave of Israeli Dror Khenin mourn on July 16, 2014, during his funeral in Yehud, east of Tel Aviv, the day after he was killed when a short-range rocket fired by Palestinian militants landed near the border with the Gaza Strip where he was delivering food to the Israeli soldiers. He is the first Israeli civilian killed during Israel's Operation Dove. Israel's campaign, now in its ninth day, has killed 214 Palestinians, with a Gaza-based rights group saying over 80 percent of them were civilians. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - JULY 16 : (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) A wounded Palestinian kid Muhammed Ahvaj (4) is taken to a hospital after an Israeli airstrike targeted Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 16, 2014. The death toll from Israel's ongoing onslaught on the blockaded Gaza Strip has risen to 214 since July 7, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on July 16, 2014. (Photo by Ezz El-Zanoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A relatives of four Palestinian boys, all from the Bakr family, mourns over the body of one of the boys at the morgue of al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on July 16, 2014. Four children were killed and several injured at a beach in Gaza City medics said, in Israeli shelling witnessed by AFP journalists. The strikes appeared to be the result of shelling by the Israeli navy against an area with small shacks used by fishermen. The deaths raised the overall toll in nine days of violence in Gaza to 213. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SARA HUSSEIN A person stands by the broken window of the Al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital near Gaza City on July 16, 2014 following an Israeli military strike. At the hospital a handful of doctors and nurses hover over paralysed patients, wondering how to protect them from more air strikes as threatened by Israel. The patients lie mostly inert in beds lined up in the hospital's reception, where staff moved them after an Israeli rocket crashed into the fourth floor. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 16: A building of Alashy family is destroyed by an Israeli airstrike within the 'Operation Protective Edge', killed 205 people and wounded 1530 others, in Gaza City, Gaza on July 16, 2014. (Photo by Ezz Zanoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JABALIA, GAZA - JULY 24: A woman walks on the debris as Palestinians inspect the destroyed area after Israeli strikes hit the Jabalia refuge camp on July 24, 2014, as the Israel's operation 'Protective Edge' continues on Gaza. (Photo by Ali Hassan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
JABALIA, GAZA - JULY 24: A woman walks as children stand on the debris as Palestinians inspect the destroyed area after Israeli strikes hit the Jabalia refuge camp on July 24, 2014, as the Israel's operation 'Protective Edge' continues on Gaza. (Photo by Ali Hassan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows buildings following an Israeli air strike east of Gaza City, on July 24, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIT LAHIA, GAZA - JULY 24: Injured members of Abuayta family, whose house hit by an Israeli airstrike at Jabalia Camp, are taken to the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, Gaza on July 24, 2014. Death toll rises to 745, including 182 children, 92 women, 45 elderly people, and injured numbers rises to 4633 within the ongoing 'Operation Protective Edge' on the 17th day in Gaza. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An Israeli canon fires a 155mm shell toward the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave on July 24, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - JULY 24 : (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare their Tanks in a deployment area on July 24, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. ashington's top diplomat said global efforts to end 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing as the Palestinian death toll rose to 714 and airlines kept flights to Israel suspended over rocket fears. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 24: Palestinians inspect destroyed buildings following Israeli air assaults staged within the scope of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza City, Gaza on July 24, 2014. The Palestinian death toll from Israel's ongoing offensive against the Gaza Strip has risen to 732. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 24: Palestinians inspect destroyed buildings and collect usable stuff following Israeli air assaults staged within the scope of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza City, Gaza on July 24, 2014. The Palestinian death toll from Israel's ongoing offensive against the Gaza Strip has risen to 732. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - JULY 24 : (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers patrol next to a Kibutz on July 24, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Washington's top diplomat said global efforts to end 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing as the Palestinian death toll rose to 714 and airlines kept flights to Israel suspended over rocket fears. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - JULY 24: Palestinians carry the wounded man, hit during the ongoing Israeli strikes on July 24, 2014 in Khan Yunis, Gaza. (Photo by Belal Khaled/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - JULY 24: Relatives of Palestinians cry as wounded and killed are taken to Nasser Hospital after the Israeli attacks in Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 24, 2014. Death toll has reached to 771 and wounded numbers have reached to 5000 within the 'Operation Protective Edge' in Gaza. (Photo by Belal Khaled/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Palestinians inspect the wreckage of a car following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on July 24, 2014. Fifteen Palestinians were killed today when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN shelter where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge, sending the death toll in Gaza soaring to 788 despite world efforts to broker a ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 24: Relatives of Palestinians who injured and killed Israeli attacks hit the schools of UNRWA in Gaza, wait around the Kemal Advan hospital in Gaza City, Gaza on July 24, 2014. Seven United Nations schools in Gaza have been damaged during the past 24 hours, the UN relief agency has said. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 24: Relatives of Palestinians who injured and killed Israeli attacks hit the schools of UNRWA in Gaza, wait around the Kemal Advan hospital in Gaza City, Gaza on July 24, 2014. Seven United Nations schools in Gaza have been damaged during the past 24 hours, the UN relief agency has said. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows the sun setting over the Gaza strip on July 24, 2014. Fifteen Palestinians were killed today when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN shelter where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge, sending the death toll in Gaza soaring to 788 despite world efforts to broker a ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows a trail of dust as Israeli army Merkava tanks (unseen) and armoured personnel carriers (APC) ( unseen) take postion inside the Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. Fifteen Palestinians were killed today when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN shelter where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge, sending the death toll in Gaza soaring to 788 despite world efforts to broker a ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 24: The relatives of wait around the hospital after Palestinians who injured Israeli attacks hit the schools of UNRWA in Gaza, are taken to Beit Lahia and Kemal Advan hospitals in Gaza City, Gaza on July 24. Seven United Nations schools in Gaza have been damaged during the past 24 hours, the UN relief agency has said. (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Relatives of Daniel Pomerantz, a 20-year-old Israeli soldier from the Golani Brigade who was killed a few days ago in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants inside the Gaza Strip, mourn during his funeral on July 24, 2014 in Kfar Azar near Tel Aviv. So far, 32 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have died in the fighting and at least 718 Palestinians have been killed in the 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza. AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Two brothers (2nd from R and 1st from L) and Varda (2nd from L), the mother of Daniel Pomerantz, a 20-year-old Israeli soldier from the Golani Brigade who was killed a few days ago in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants inside the Gaza Strip, mourn during his funeral on July 24, 2014 in Kfar Azar near Tel Aviv. So far, 32 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have died in the fighting and at least 718 Palestinians have been killed in the 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza. AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The three brothers (C) and Varda (R), the mother of Daniel Pomerantz, a 20-year-old Israeli soldier from the Golani Brigade who was killed a few days ago in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants inside the Gaza Strip, mourn during his funeral on July 24, 2014 in Kfar Azar near Tel Aviv. So far, 32 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have died in the fighting and at least 718 Palestinians have been killed in the 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza. AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinian men grieve over the death of relatives at the morgue of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, on July 24, 2014, after a UN school in the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip was hit by an Israeli shell. Fifteen Palestinians were killed when the Israeli shell slammed into the UN-run school where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge, sending the death toll in Gaza soaring to 777 despite world efforts to broker a ceasefire. AFP PHOTO/ MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - JULY 24: Palestinians flee their houses due to Israeli shelling in Khan Yunis, Gaza, on July 24, 2014. The Palestinian death toll from Israel's devastating military offensive against the Gaza Strip rises to 771 on Thursday according to Palestinian Health Ministry. (Photo by Eyad Al-Baba/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - JULY 24: A Palestinian man holding his child arrives Nasir Hospital for a Palestinian man killed in an Israeli attack targeting Khan Yunis, Gaza on July 24, 2014. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 24: Members of Ebu Sakra family cry for their wounded relative in Gaza city, Gaza on 24 July, 2014. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man is arrested by Israeli border police following clashes outside of the Old City of Jerusalem on July 24, 2014 during a demonstration by Palestinians in support of the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip. Medics reported more than 50 people killed in Gaza, mostly in the south, hiking the overall Palestinian toll to 746 since Israel launched a military operation to halt rocket fire from the besieged territory on July 8. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows buildings following an Israeli air strike east of Gaza City, on July 24, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli Merkava tank is seen at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli canon fires a 155mm shell toward the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave on July 24, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli army Merkava tank rolls along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - JULY 24 : (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare their Tanks in a deployment area on July 24, 2014 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. ashington's top diplomat said global efforts to end 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing as the Palestinian death toll rose to 714 and airlines kept flights to Israel suspended over rocket fears. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - JULY 24: Palestinians inspect destroyed buildings and collect usable stuff following Israeli air assaults staged within the scope of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza City, Gaza on July 24, 2014. The Palestinian death toll from Israel's ongoing offensive against the Gaza Strip has risen to 732. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Smoke from Israeli strikes rises over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Israel resumed its Gaza offensive on Sunday, calling off a unilateral extension of a humanitarian cease-fire after Palestinian militants fired several rockets at southern Israel. The rocket fire began late Saturday after Gaza's Hamas rulers, who have demanded the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the territory and the release of prisoners, refused to extend the truce. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
The mother of Staff Sgt. Amit Yeori, 20, cries during his funeral at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Yeori was killed on Friday in the fighting in Gaza. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. The plant’s shutdown was bound to lead to further serious disruptions of the flow of electricity and water to Gaza’s 1.7 million people. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. The plant’s shutdown was bound to lead to further serious disruptions of the flow of electricity and water to Gaza’s 1.7 million people. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. The plant’s shutdown was bound to lead to further serious disruptions of the flow of electricity and water to Gaza’s 1.7 million people. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. The plant’s shutdown was bound to lead to further serious disruptions of the flow of electricity and water to Gaza’s 1.7 million people. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A street vendor’s umbrella and chair lie damaged on the ground as Indian security forces use tear gas shells to disperse Kashmiri Muslims protesting against Israel's attack on Gaza after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, India, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Qazi Irshad)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. The plant’s shutdown was bound to lead to further serious disruptions of the flow of electricity and water to Gaza’s 1.7 million people. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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By PETER ENAV and IBRAHIM BARZAK
Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.

Netanyahu's vow came as international efforts to end the 23-day-old conflict seemed to sputter despite concern over the mounting death toll, with more than 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and more than 50 Israelis, almost all of them soldiers, killed since July 8.

"We have neutralized dozens of terror tunnels and we are committed to complete this mission, with or without a cease-fire," Netanyahu said. "Therefore I will not agree to any offer that does not allow the military to complete this important mission for the security of the people of Israel."

Raw: Smoke, Explosions Fill Gaza Skyline

An initial Israeli aerial campaign against Hamas was widened into a ground offensive on July 17. Since then the campaign has concentrated on destroying more than 30 cross-border tunnels that militants have constructed to carry out attacks on Israeli territory.

Israel says that most of the 32 tunnels it has uncovered have now been demolished and that getting rid of the remainder will take no more than a few days.

The new reserve call-up follows another day of heavy fighting, in which tank shells struck a U.N. school where Palestinians were sheltering and an airstrike tore through a crowded Gaza shopping area. At least 116 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were killed Wednesday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to discuss the matter with the press, an Israeli defense official said the purpose of the latest call-up was to provide relief for troops currently on the Gaza firing line. However, Israeli officials have also said they do not rule out broadening operations in the coming days.

Fifty-six Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the Israeli side have been killed since the offensive began, as Palestinians have fired hundreds of rockets at Israel -- some reaching major cities -- and carried out attacks through tunnels beneath the heavily guarded frontier.

Israel has called up a total of 86,000 reserves during the Gaza war, which it launched to try to end rocket fire from Hamas and other armed groups.

Israeli attacks in the strip continued Thursday, with witnesses saying that munitions struck the Omar Ibn al-Khatab mosque next to a U.N. school in the northern town of Beit Lahiya. Israeli fire near another U.N. school in Gaza killed more than a dozen people the day before, drawing international condemnation.


The strike in Beit Lahiya early Thursday damaged water tanks on the roof of a building near the mosque, sending shrapnel flying into the adjacent school compound, where dozens of Palestinians displaced by the fighting had taken shelter.

"The shrapnel from the strike on the mosque hit people who were in the street and at the entrance of the school," said Sami Salebi, an area resident.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said at least 15 people were wounded, with three of them in critical condition.

Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
FILE - In this July 20, 2014 file photo, an Israeli attack helicopter shoots flares near the Israel and Gaza border. When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)
Smoke rises after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana))
Smoke rises after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, foreground center, arrives for the talk with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovf in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Erekat's visit to Moscow is part of an effort to gain international support as Palestinian negotiators in Cairo try to hammer out a deal with Israel on the future of the war-torn Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, shakes hands with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, right, prior to their talks in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Erekat's visit to Moscow is part of an effort to gain international support as Palestinian negotiators in Cairo try to hammer out a deal with Israel on the future of the war-torn Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A Palestinian inspects the damaged house of Amer Abu Aisheh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A Palestinian protester throws a glass bottle at Israeli soldiers during clashes, following a protest against the Israeli military action over Hamas in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, Aug. 15 , 2014. Israel and Hamas are now observing a five-day temporary cease-fire in an attempt to allow indirect talks in Cairo to continue. The negotiations are meant to secure a substantive end to the monthlong Gaza war and draw up a roadmap for the coastal territory, which has been hard-hit in the fighting. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A bus driver inspects the damage caused to his bus by a rocket fired from the Gaza strip hitting near the kibbutz of Yad Mordechay on August 19,2014. Israel and Palestinian militants resumed fire across the Gaza border on Tuesday, sparking panic across the war-torn enclave and halting truce talks. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians carry bodies of 10 members of the Al Astal immediate and extended family, killed by an Israeli strike early at their houses, during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. An airstrike hit a relative's home where they had sought refuge from the fighting, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken early on August 18, 2014 in the West Bank town of Hebron shows smoke billowing above the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, named by Israel as one of the suspects in the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers a month ago, after the Israeli army demolished it with TNT explosives. The houses of Hussam Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisheh, said by Israel to be Hamas members in the city of Hebron, were demolished as both militants are still hunted down by the Israeli army. AFP PHOTO/ HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/15: An extreme close-up of a tear gas bomb being held by an Israeli soldier.As the extended, but fragile ceasefire in Gaza is holding, Palestinian youth in the West Bank city of Bethlehem once again came out into the streets to march in solidarity, not only in solidarity with Gaza, but in solidarity of defying the Israeli military occupation. In the early morning hours of Friday, Israeli special forces raided two of the refugee camps in Bethlehem, injuring a 24-year-old man with live fire. This comes after two other Palestinians were shot and killed in the West Bank, including a 12-year-old child in Hebron who was shot and killed, Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati. A Fatah Activist was also shot dead in Nablus, 24-year-old,Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra. Meanwhile, the Gaza death toll stands at 1,980 Palestinians, and over 10,181 injured. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, amid Israel's heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A Palestinian boy cries while receiving treatment for injuries caused by an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Several Israeli tank shells slammed into the crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians inspect damage to adjacent houses from a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at the Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians help an injured man to an ambulance following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians carry a man on a strecher to an ambulance following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians help carry a injured people to ambulances following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians help carry an injured man to an ambulance following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians try to help injured men laying on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian shouts for help as injured men lay on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians lay on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians lay on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian man overcome by emotion speaks on his mobile phone as an injured man lays on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana))
An injured Palestinian man lays on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians rush a man, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, from an ambulance to the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians wheel a wounded man, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to an emergency room at Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, wait to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians wheel the lifeless body of video journalist, Rami Rayan, following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to the emergency room of the Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians help others laying on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An Injured Palestinian laying on the ground cries for help following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians rush an injured man following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian man rushes a child, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to an emergency room at Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian lays on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke from Israeli strikes rise over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Leaflets fall from an Israeli plane warning residents in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, aircraft dropped leaflets over Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood. The leaflets urged residents to stay away from Hamas militants and to report possible rocket launches and gave a contact phone number and email. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians grieve the death of their relatives who were killed in an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Several Israeli tank shells slammed into the crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday, a Palestinian health official and a U.N. official said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Leaflets fall from an Israeli plane warning residents in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, aircraft dropped leaflets over Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood. The leaflets urged residents to stay away from Hamas militants and to report possible rocket launches. The leaflet gave a contact phone number and email. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A Palestinian man grieves the death of his relative following an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Several Israeli tank shells slammed into the crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians help carry an injured man to an ambulance following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
FILE - In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, a right-wing Israeli holds a flag and wears a Star of David patch resembling the one Jews were forced to wear in the Nazi Germany period, during a demonstration in Jerusalem. The demonstrators chanted "Israel for the Jews" in support of the Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip. Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government’s conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders’ moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. A small but vocal opposition exists, but those arguing for peace are vociferously shouted down in a way rarely seen in a country long proud of its spirited, democratic debate. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
An Israeli army tank drives along the Israel Gaza border after fighting in Khan Younis at the Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Palestinian Ismail Radwan, 45, inspects the damage to his family apartment caused by a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians collect body parts in a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit the U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks. Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency, says tank shells hit the school around 4:30 a.m. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians rush a man, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood from an ambulance to the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians carry a man injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian medics wheel a man, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian man rushes a child, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to an emergency room at Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, at the emergency room of the Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A fallen minaret, bottom right, is seen as Palestinians inspect the damage to the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians inspect a destroyed car by a fallen minaret, in the background, of the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A fallen minaret, bottom right, is seen as Palestinians inspect the damage to the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A member of the Radwan family inspects the damage around a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians inspect damage to adjacent houses from a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at the Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An injured Palestinian receives treatment at Nasser hospital following an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
Palestinians help a man wounded as they walk over the rubble of destroyed buildings following an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
A Palestinian girl sits on the floor at the Abu Hussein U.N. school, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen and wounding tens after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said. The Israeli military said mortar shells had been fired from near the school, and that soldiers fired back. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian relatives mourn over bodies of 10 members of the Al Astal immediate and extended family, killed by an Israeli strike early at their houses, during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. An airstrike hit a relative's home where they had sought refuge from the fighting, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
Palestinian relatives gather around bodies of 10 members of the Al Astal immediate and extended family, killed by an Israeli strike early at their houses, during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. An airstrike hit a relative's home where they had sought refuge from the fighting, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/15: A masked Israeli soldiers stands in front of journalists and reporters. Soldiers often try to obstruct the view of journalists. As the extended, but fragile ceasefire in Gaza is holding, Palestinian youth in the West Bank city of Bethlehem once again came out into the streets to march in solidarity, not only in solidarity with Gaza, but in solidarity of defying the Israeli military occupation. In the early morning hours of Friday, Israeli special forces raided two of the refugee camps in Bethlehem, injuring a 24-year-old man with live fire. This comes after two other Palestinians were shot and killed in the West Bank, including a 12-year-old child in Hebron who was shot and killed, Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati. A Fatah Activist was also shot dead in Nablus, 24-year-old,Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra. Meanwhile, the Gaza death toll stands at 1,980 Palestinians, and over 10,181 injured. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Palestinian protesters face Israeli soldiers, following a demonstration to support people in Gaza and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, Egypt, during clashes near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Israel and Hamas are observing a five-day cease-fire which began at midnight Wednesday, in an attempt to allow talks between the sides in Cairo to continue. The negotiations are meant to secure a substantive end to the monthlong war and draw up a roadmap for the coastal territory of Gaza, which has been hard-hit in the fighting. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
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Kifah Rafati, 40, was being treated for shrapnel injuries at the nearby Kamal Adwan Hospital. She said she and her six children had been sleeping in a classroom facing the mosque when the explosion went off. "There is no safety anywhere," she said.

On Wednesday Israeli tank shells struck a U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp where some 3,300 Gazans had crammed in to seek refuge from the fighting, killing at least 17 people. The military said it was responding to mortar fire coming from the area of the school.

But Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the deadly school shelling "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire.

"Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children," the U.N. chief said.

The White House also criticized the shelling of the U.N. school in Jebaliya.

"We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in U.N. designated shelters in Gaza," said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council.

Later on Wednesday, an Israeli airstrike hit a crowded shopping area in the Shijaiyah district in Gaza City, killing at least 16 people, including Palestinian video journalist Rami Rayan, who was wearing a press vest at the time, and wounding more than 200 people, al-Kidra said.

Thursday marked a third day of particularly heavy Israeli air and artillery attacks, at a time when Egyptian cease-fire efforts appeared to have stalled. Israeli media said late Wednesday that Israel's Security Cabinet decided to press forward with the operation.

Egyptian officials, meanwhile, met with an Israeli envoy about Israel's conditions for a cease-fire, including disarming Hamas, according to a high-ranking Egyptian security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss the delicate diplomatic efforts.

Hamas has said it will only halt fire once it receives guarantees that a Gaza border blockade by Israel and Egypt -- tightened after the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007 -- will be lifted.

Israel says it wants to decimate Hamas' rocket-launching capability, diminish its weapons arsenal and demolish the tunnels. It has launched more than 4,000 strikes against Hamas-linked targets, including rocket launchers and mosques where it says weapons were being stored.

Israeli strikes have also hit dozens of homes. Mahmoud Abu Rahma of the Palestinian human rights group Al Mezan said nearly half of the Palestinians killed so far died in their homes.

Israeli officials have said Hamas uses Gaza's civilians as human shields by firing rockets from crowded neighborhoods. Palestinian militants have fired more than 2,600 rockets at Israel over the past three weeks.

However, Pierre Kraehenbuehl, chief of the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees, said Israel must try harder to ensure that civilians are not hurt, especially in Gaza, where 1.7 million people are squeezed into a small coastal territory. His agency has opened 80 of its schools to more than 200,000 Palestinians fleeing the violence.

"What maybe the world forgets ... is that the people of Gaza have nowhere to go," he said. "So when the fighting starts and they move, it is not as if they can cross a border to somewhere."


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