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Thousands flee north Gaza as Israel warns of more strikes; death toll hits 165

Published on Jul 13, 2014 5:15 PM
 
Palestinian families travel to a United Nations school to seek shelter after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City on July 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Thousands of Palestinians were fleeing northern Gaza on Sunday after a night of intense Israeli strikes and an explicit warning from the army that the raids were set to intensify.

Israeli strikes on Gaza killed a teenage boy and a woman on Sunday, medics said, raising the overall death toll to 165 as the punishing air campaign entered its sixth day.

In Beit Lahiya, whole streets were emptying, with residents fleeing with all the belongings they could carry - by car, by donkey- and horse-drawn carts, and on foot.

"Last night there was so much shelling that no one could sleep, it was terrifying," said one man, who gave his name only as Farid.

 
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