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Mideast Crisis: Death Toll Climbs As Hamas, Israel Clash

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July 11, 2014 AT 4:07 AM
Medical sources told NBC News on Wednesday that Israel's bombing of the Gaza Strip has resulted in the deaths of at least 51 people. That tally includes 13 children and 9 women, the sources said. The air strikes were retaliation for rockets launched by Palestinian militants at Tel Aviv over the last few days. The Israeli military said it had bombarded 550 Hamas sites, including 60 rocket launchers and 11 homes of senior Hamas members. Ron Dermer defended the country's attack against Gaza, saying that Hamas rockets now have the range to reach nearly all of Israel — and claimed that Hamas is deliberately targeting Israeli civilians.