A Palestinian man inspects a house, which police said was damaged in Israeli shelling on Thursday that killed two boys and a man from Nutaiz family, in Gaza City July 18, 2014. The boys and the man ... more 
A Palestinian man inspects a house, which police said was damaged in Israeli shelling on Thursday that killed two boys and a man from Nutaiz family, in Gaza City July 18, 2014. The boys and the man were fleeing their house from Israeli shelling to another relative house when they were killed, relatives said. Israel stepped up its ground offensive in Gaza early on Friday pounding targets with artillery fire and using tanks and infantry to battle Hamas fighters.Orange flashes illuminated the eastern Gaza Strip as Israeli gunboats off the Mediterranean coast fired shells and tracer bullets, and helicopters fired across the border. Hamas fired rockets back into Israel towards the southern towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon.Palestinian health officials said 23 Palestinians had been killed since Israel launched its ground offensive against the densely-populated strip of 1.8 million Palestinians on Thursday. Israel said one of its soldiers had been killed in fighting. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) less 
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Fri, Jul 18, 2014 5:46 AM EDT