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Bloody Sunday as 99 Gazans, 13 Israeli soldiers killed

Published on Jul 21, 2014 2:48 AM
Medics evacuate a body from Gaza's eastern Shejaiya district on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

GAZA CITY July 20, 2014 (AFP) - At least 99 Palestinians and 13 soldiers were killed Sunday as Israel ramped up a major military offensive in the bloodiest single day in Gaza in five years.

As regional leaders met in Doha for urgent talks on a ceasefire, the Gaza death toll soared to 437, with a spokesman for the Palestinian emergency services saying more than a third of the victims were women and children.

The Israeli army said 13 soldiers had been killed in a series of attacks inside Gaza on the third day of a major ground operation. "Over the course of the day, 13 soldiers from the IDF's Golani Brigade were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip," an army statement said.

Their deaths raised to 18 the total number of soldiers killed since Israel's ground operation began late on Thursday. It was the largest number of soldiers killed in combat since the 2006 Lebanon war.

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