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Mourners pray near the bodies of Palestinians killed after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip January 4, 2009.
Israeli soldiers carry the coffin of their comrade Dvir Emanuelof at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem January 4, 2009. . Israeli troops and tanks split the Gaza Strip and ringed its main city on Sunday in an offensive against Hamas that has killed more than 500 Palestinians, many of them civilians. One Israeli soldier was killed and 32 were wounded in the ground offensive, Israel said. Four Israelis have been killed by the Hamas rocket strikes since Dec. 27.
Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (RIGHT) heads the weekly cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv January 4, 2009, in this picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO).
Israeli soldiers advance near the border with northern Gaza during a ground operation by the Israeli army late January 3, 2009. Israeli troops clashed with Hamas fighters as they advanced into Gaza on Saturday in the first ground action of an eight-day offensive on the Palestinian enclave, a witness and the Israeli army said.
Members of the Islamic group carry pictures during a rally against Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, in Jakarta January 4, 2009