January 7, 2009 8:41 PM

After 'humanitarian pause,' Israel resumes Gaza assault

For three hours Wednesday afternoon, a surreal calm settled over the Gaza Strip as the 12-day-old Israeli military campaign to destabilize Hamas came to a temporary halt. Then, as abruptly as the firing stopped, the Israeli attacks resumed with renewed force. Nearly 700 Palestinians have died in the Israeli attacks, including a rapidly rising number of women and children.

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