Smoke and a ball of fire rise after a strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Israel stepped up its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Wednesday, pummeling scores of targets and killing more than 20 people as Israeli leaders signaled a weeks-long ground invasion could be quickly approaching.
Smoke and a ball of fire rise after a strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Israel stepped up its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Wednesday, pummeling scores of targets and killing more than 20 people as Israeli leaders signaled a weeks-long ground invasion could be quickly approaching. AP
Smoke and a ball of fire rise after a strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Israel stepped up its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Wednesday, pummeling scores of targets and killing more than 20 people as Israeli leaders signaled a weeks-long ground invasion could be quickly approaching. AP

Israeli airstrikes kill 54 in Gaza as violence and recriminations mount

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