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AP PHOTOS: Palestinians bury dead after airstrikes

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(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit). Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip seen from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit). Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip seen from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov). An Israeli surfer takes shower on a deserted beach due to rocket fire from the nearby Gaza Strip, in Ashdod, Israel, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov). An Israeli surfer takes shower on a deserted beach due to rocket fire from the nearby Gaza Strip, in Ashdod, Israel, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra). Palestinian family members sit on the rubble of their destroyed house following an Israeli missile strike late Tuesday, in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra). Palestinian family members sit on the rubble of their destroyed house following an Israeli missile strike late Tuesday, in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty). A man rides his bicycle at the Mediterranean Sea beach front, which is normally crowded at this time of year, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty). A man rides his bicycle at the Mediterranean Sea beach front, which is normally crowded at this time of year, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hundreds of Palestinians carried bodies through the streets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday as they buried those killed in Israeli airstrikes. On the other side of the border Israelis braced for rocket fire and soldiers massed on the border.

An Israeli offensive aimed at stopping near-daily Palestinian militant rocket attacks has set off the heaviest fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas since an eight-day battle in November 2012, and it is taking a heavy toll on civilians.

Palestinian children played in the rubble of a house that was destroyed by an Israeli strike on Tuesday in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, while hundreds of angry men carried the bodies of seven people laid out on orange stretchers for their funeral in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the south. Trails of smoke, meanwhile, could be seen as Palestinian militants fired rocket salvos toward Israel.

Palestinian medics say a total of 49 people have been killed in Gaza, including 22 on Wednesday. Of the total dead, medical officials have confirmed at least 15 are civilians and 10 militants, with the remainder uncertain.

No serious casualties have been reported on the Israeli side, but rockets have hit homes, damaged infrastructure and spread panic as air raid sirens wailed over major Israeli cities.

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