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Rockets Over Israel and Gaza

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Over the past few weeks, a slowly growing series of rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel, and retaliatory strikes by Israeli forces, has sharply escalated into a crisis. The skies over the Gaza Strip and southern Israel have filled with hundreds of rockets, missiles, and warplanes since Wednesday, bringing varying levels of destruction to the populations below. Tensions are growing as Israel's military has called up thousands of reservists and deployed troops along the border. At the same time, Egypt's new Prime Minister Hisham Kandil made an official visit to Gaza today. Meanwhile rocket attacks continued, setting off air raid sirens as far north as Tel Aviv. [39 photos]

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Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip, on November 14, 2012. Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would "open the gates of hell". (Reuters/Darren Whiteside)
Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip, on November 14, 2012. Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would "open the gates of hell". (Reuters/Darren Whiteside)
A rocket launched by Palestinians militants towards Israel makes its way from the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel-Gaza Border, southern Israel, November 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip on November 15, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
Smoke trails rise as Iron Dome missiles intercept a rocket which was launched from Gaza, near the southern town of Sderot, on November 15, 2012. A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15 in a military showdown lurching closer to all-out war with an invasion of Gaza. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun) #
Israelis take cover as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi, on November 15, 2012. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
Israeli police collect evidence after a Kassam rocket struck a house on November 15, 2012 in Sderot, Israel. (Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images) #
Palestinians extinguish the burning car of Ahmaed Jaabari, head of the military wing of the Hamas movement, the Ezzedin Qassam Brigades, after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on November 14, 2012. Al-Jaabari, the top Hamas commander, was killed in the strike, medics and a Hamas source said. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) #
Smoke rises following an Israeli attack on Gaza City, on November 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) #
Palestinians extinguish a fire after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, on November 14, 2012. (Reuters/Ali Hassan) #
Palestinian youths inspect a destroyed mosque in Beit Hanun on the northern Gaza Strip following an Israeli air raid, on November 16, 2012. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
The body of 10-month-old Palestinian infant Haneen Tafesh lies in the morgue of Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on November 15, 2012. According to hospital reports, Tafesh died from wounds caused by an earlier Israeli strike. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) #
Israeli armored personnel carriers are stationed at the Israeli-Gaza Strip border on November 16, 2012. Israeli officials said the Jewish state was preparing to launch its first ground offensive in four years into the Gaza Strip and the army started calling up 16,000 reservists. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Israel war plane drops a bomb over the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, on November 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
Israeli soldiers pray atop their tank stationed at the Israeli-Gaza Strip border, on November 16, 2012. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images) #
Israeli soldiers stand at their base just outside the central Gaza Strip, on November 15, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, on November 16, 2012. Egypt's prime minister prepared to visit the Gaza Strip on Friday in an unprecedented display of solidarity with Hamas militants embroiled in a new escalation of conflict with Israel that risks spiraling into all-out war. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot) #
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a factory, which according to locals was hit by an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on November 16, 2012. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
A picture taken from the southern Israeli town of Sderot shows smoke and debris billowing from a spot targeted by an Israeli air strike inside the Gaza strip on November 15, 2012. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Palestinian man evacuates a woman following Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, on November 14, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot) #
A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows smoke billowing from a site struck by an Israeli air strike inside the Gaza strip, on November 16, 2012. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) #
BBC journalist Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad, at Shifa hospital following an Israeli air strike on their family house, in Gaza City, on November 14, 2012. Read more on this photo and the story behind it. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan) #
Israeli soldiers watch as an Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket near the southern city of Beersheba, on November 15, 2012. Hamas fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel on Thursday, killing three people, and Israel launched numerous air strikes across the Gaza Strip, threatening a wider offensive to halt repeated Palestinian salvos. (Reuters/Baz Ratner) #
Missiles are fired into the air from an Iron Dome anti-missile station on November 15, 2012 near the city of Beersheba, Israel. (Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images) #
Israelis react and seek cover as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi, on November 15, 2012. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
As a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi, Israelis react and take cover, on November 15, 2012. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
Smoke trails behind a rocket launched from the northern Gaza Strip, on November 15, 2012. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
An Israeli civilian runs to take cover as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets at the scene where a rocket, fired from Gaza, landed in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi, on November 15, 2012. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
Israeli soldiers take cover as an air raid siren warns of incoming rockets before the funeral of Aaron Smadja, one of the three Israelis killed by a rocket fired from Gaza, at a cemetery in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi, on November 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) #
An Israeli child stands near a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip, on November 15, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) #
An Israeli woman looks out of her apartment window in a building damaged by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern city of Ashdod, on November 16, 2012. (David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images) #
An Israeli women holds her dog as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets in the southern city of Ashkelon, on November 16, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen) #
Zaka volunteers clean blood stains from a pillow and a baby's toy in a children's room in apartment building that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, where three people were killed in Kiryat Malachi, Israel, on November 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
Ultra Orthodox Jewish men gather around the body of Mirah Sharf who was killed in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi by a rocket thought to have been fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, during her funeral in Jerusalem, on November 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) #
Palestinian Fares Sadallah, 11, cries as he sits outside his home which was damaged following an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on November 16, 2012. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
Columns of smoke rise following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on November 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) #
Palestinian paramedics try to resuscitate a man injured in an Israeli air raid on the area of Twaam in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahia, on November 15, 2012. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) #
Smoke and flames rise above Gaza City, following an Israeli air strike on November 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) #
An Israeli woman cries during the funeral of Itzik Amsalam, who was killed on Thursday after a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi, on November 16, 2012. (Reuters/Nir Elias) #
Palestinian women cry during the funeral of Tahrer Salman and Mohammed Salman in Beit Lahia, north Gaza, on November 16, 2012. According to relatives, the two members of the Salman family were killed after an Israeli airstrike hit the yard of their house. At least 22 Palestinians, including 12 militants and six children, as well as three Israelis have been killed in three days of fierce exchanges between the Israeli military and Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #

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