Israelis battle Hamas forces in Gaza City
65 Palestinians, 13 soldiers dead; thousands flee homes
Posted: July 21, 2014 at 4:01 a.m.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Escalating their ground offensive, Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes battled Hamas militants in a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City early Sunday. The fighting, including heavy Israeli tank fire, killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers, forced thousands to flee, and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes.
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