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Gaza death toll passes 100 as truce efforts build

Published on Nov 20, 2012 6:02 AM
Pakistani children from the group Pasban light oil lamps during a vigil for child victims who were killed in air strikes by Israeli forces on Gaza, in Karachi on November 19, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Israeli strikes killed 30 Palestinians on Monday, taking the Gaza death toll to 107 as UN chief Ban Ki Moon joined efforts to end the worst violence in four years and Israel's inner circle of ministers mulled their next move.

As the violence raged for a sixth day, an Israeli missile killed a senior Islamic Jihad militant in a Gaza City tower housing Palestinian and international media, the second time in as many days it has been targeted.

With Mr Ban in Cairo pushing for a ceasefire, Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said his movement was committed to efforts to secure a truce, but insisted that Israel must lift its six-year blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Terrified and desperate, many Gaza families have fled their homes, some seeking haven in the south which has seen fewer strikes. But they know nowhere is safe.

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