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Israel pounds Gaza; Hamas rejects PLO's proposed cease-fire
Israel pounds Gaza; Hamas rejects PLO's proposed cease-fire

Israel pummeled the Gaza Strip from the air, land and sea on Tuesday, hitting government buildings, a television station and other symbols of the Hamas militant group's power in the coastal enclave. It was one of the most intense bombardments of Israel's 22-day operation to dismantle the group's rocket-launching capabilities and destroy a network of tunnels used by Palestinian militants to funnel weapons and fighters into Israel. In the afternoon, a senior official with the Palestine Liberation Organization proposed a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire, saying Palestinian leaders in Ramallah had consulted with Hamas and Islamic Jihad and had their assent for such a truce. ...

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