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At least 11 civilians killed in Israeli airstrike

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 18, 2012 at 9:52 a.m. Updated November 18, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.

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An Israeli police officer stands inside a damaged house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza Strip landed in Ashkelon, southern Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israel launched the operation last Wednesday by assassinating Hamas’ military chief and carrying out dozens of airstrikes on rocket launchers and weapons storage sites. Over the weekend, the operation began to target Hamas government installations as well, including the offices of its prime minister.

— An Israeli missile flattened a two-story house in a residential neighborhood of Gaza City on Sunday, killing at least 11 civilians, mostly women and children, Palestinian medical officials said, as Israel expanded a military offensive to target homes of wanted militants.

The attack, which Israel said targeted a militant, was the single deadliest incident of the five-day-old Israeli operation and hiked a toll Sunday that was already the highest number of civilians killed in one day, according to Gaza medics.

The bloodshed is likely to raise international pressure for a cease-fire, with Egypt taking the leading role in mediating between Israel and Hamas.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said four women and four small children are among the dead.

Frantic rescuers pulled the children's bodies from the rubble, including a toddler, as survivors and bystanders screamed in grief. Later, the four children were laid out in the morgue of Gaza City's Shifa Hospital.

It was not immediately clear what the target of the airstrike was.

Al-Kidra said the deaths brought to 66 the number of Palestinians killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, including 32 civilians.

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697713132 says... November 18, 2012 at 7:08 p.m.

FUNNY HOW THE NEWS WHINES ABOUT THOSE KILLED IN GAZA, BUT SOMEHOW
THEY FORGET TO MENTION HOW THE PEPOLE FROM GAZE BROUGHT THIS UPON THEMSELVES BY SHOOTING MISSLES INTO ISREAL UNPROVOKED,,,,,,,,,,,,

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T6 says... November 18, 2012 at 8:13 p.m.

That's not the narative they're wanting to drive! The media is doing a good job making Israel out to be the bad guy.

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