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Tales of destruction in Israel and Gaza: mosque and synagogue damaged, mourning on both sides

The AP reports from RAFAH, Gaza Strip:

 The Israeli military confirmed Friday that its aircraft struck seven targets in Gaza overnight, a day after gunmen who crossed from the Egyptian desert killed eight people in southern Israel.

It said targets included a weapons manufacturing site, unidentified militant facilities and tunnels to smuggle goods into Gaza and infiltrate Israel.

Additionally, the military said five rockets fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza landed in Southern Israel. There was no immediate word of casualties. Continue reading.


A Palestinian man carries an injured woman into Al-Shifa hospital, after an overnight Israeli air strike, in Gaza City on August 19.

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish 'yeshiva' student holds metal pieces collected at his seminary school in the southern Israeli coastal town of Ashdod on August 19 after a Grad missile, fired by Palestinian militants inside the Gaza Strip, exploded just outside the yeshiva.

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A Palestinian man surveys the damage in Bin Zayed mosque after an Israeli air strike in Gaza on August 19.

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Ultra Orthodox Jews evacuate Torah scrolls from a synagogue that was damaged following a Grad rocket attack from the Gaza Strip in the coastal city of Ashdod on August 19. Two people were injured, one seriously, when the rocket fired by militants in Gaza hit the Israeli city.

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Israeli mourners cry during the funeral of a 22-year-old soldier at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on August 19. Eight Israelis were killed in a string of attacks in the south of the country, prompting a series of Israeli air strikes targeting a Gaza group it said was responsible.

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A Palestinian mother mourns over the body of her 13-year-old son during his funeral in Gaza City on August 19. Israeli fighter jets bombed Gaza, killing a teenager and injuring five people.

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Israeli army troops stand guard on the Israeli - Egyptian border, following yesterday's series of coordinated gun and roadside bomb attacks against military and civilian targets, August 19.