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Funerals were held in Gaza for four boys who were killed by an Israeli airstrike while they were playing on a beach. Seven others were wounded in the strike, which a Palestinian activist said came from an Israeli naval vessel operating offshore. (July 16)

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1. Boys' bodies laid out in mosque, crowd of people standing around

2. People kissing the bodies

3. Various of bodies been carried through the streets

4. Various of onlookers crying

5. Various of the area that was struck by Israeli airstrike

6. Various of ruins of a shed that was struck by Israeli airstrike

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Funerals were held in Gaza on Wednesday for four boys who were killed by an Israeli airstrike while they were playing on a beach.

The four boys were cousins and aged 9 to 11.

Seven other adults and children were wounded in the strike, which a Palestinian human rights activist said came from an Israeli naval vessel operating offshore.

Israeli war planes and naval vessels intensified attacks across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

The Gaza Interior Ministry's website said Israel warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes Wednesday, targeting 30 houses, including those of senior Hamas leaders Mahmoud Zahar, Jamila Shanti, Fathi Hamas and Ismail Ashkar.

The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the strikes.

Hamas fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Wednesday and vowed not to agree to a cease-fire until its demands are met.

These include the easing of border closures and the release of former Hamas prisoners released by Israel in a 2011 prisoner exchange and rearrested by Israel last month in the West Bank.

The renewed violence came after Hamas formally rejected a cease-fire proposal that had been accepted by Israel to end the nine-day-old conflict that has left at least 213 Palestinians and one Israeli dead.

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