Palestinians look at the damaged house of a cousin of Gaza police chief Taysir al-Batsh after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Israel sharpened its campaign against Gaza Sunday, warning Palestinians in the north to flee after marines mounted a ground attack, as diplomatic efforts to halt the bloodshed intensified.In four days, Israel has pummeled more than 1,000 targets in Gaza – twice the rate of the 2012 operation. The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said most of the victims were civilians, putting their number at more than 130, among them 35 children and 26 women.The Israeli military told the 70,000 residents of the town of Beit Lahiya near Gaza's northern border to get out by midday Sunday.The Israeli military said it had appointed a general to investigate the high civilian toll in the Gaza strikes.Despite intensified Israeli military action – which included a commando raid overnight – Palestinians continued to launch rockets across the border.Giving details of the raid, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said four members of the force were wounded in skirmishes with Gaza gunmen but the rocket launching site they attacked was hit.
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