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Violence continues in Israel and Gaza amid hopes of cease-fire

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Ronit Hakmon looks at her damaged home after it was hit by a rocket launched by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva on Nov. 20. Israel put on hold its threatened Gaza ground offensive to give Egyptian-led truce talks a chance as top diplomats flew in to boost efforts to end nearly a week of cross-border violence.

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Palestinians carry the bodies of two boys, Suhaib and Mohammed, right, Hejazi during their funeral in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Nov. 20. The two children and their father Fuad Hejazi were killed when an Israeli air strike in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya crushed their home on Monday, the Hamas Health Ministry said.

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Sapir Hachmon and her boyfriend Ron Vachnish react as they enter her room after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Nov. 20 in Beersheba, Israel. Hamas militants and Israel are continuing talks aimed at a ceasefire as the death toll in Gaza reaches over 100 with three Israelis also having been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian militants.

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Mourners attend the funeral of Salem Paul Sweliem in Gaza City on Nov. 20. He was reportedly killed in an air strike targeting a senior figure in Islamic Jihad's military branch, Ramez Harb, who also died in the strike. Israel pounded more than 100 targets in Gaza on the seventh day of its offensive, despite the arrival in the region of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. Israeli aircraft, ships and artillery hit targets overnight including underground rocket launchers, tunnels and houses that the military said were 'hide-outs' or 'command centres' of Hamas leaders. Palestinians also fired at least 20 rockets at Israel since midnight.

By NBC News staff and wire reports

Since Israel launched its military campaign seven days ago in response to rocket fire, more than 100 people in Gaza and three people in Israel have been killed.

Internationally, the main focus was on stopping the violence, and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi hinted at a possible breakthrough Tuesday.

Speaking at his sister's funeral in Egypt, Morsi said the "aggression on Gaza" would end Tuesday. He made the apparently off-the-cuff comments in front of mourners who had come to pay their respects, but did not elaborate. Several journalists traveling with Morsi confirmed he made the remark.

In Jerusalem Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would be a “willing partner” in a cease-fire, but also issued a warning. Continue reading.

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A religious Israeli man covers his head by the roadside, but continues to use his cellphone, on a road outside Beersheba, Israel, on Nov. 20, after hearing a siren sounding a 'Red Alert,' signalling a rocket attack. Palestinian militants fired at least 40 rockets at Israel early Tuesday, leaving one person injured and damaging property, Israeli police said in a statement. A volley of around 20 Grad rockets was fired at Beersheba, the largest city in the south. The armed wing of the Hamas movement, Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Four of the rockets landed in the city, while the rest either fell outside or were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system.

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Palestinians children take cover in a U.N. operated school in Gaza City, on Nov. 20. Some Palestinians have evacuated their homes seeking shelter from Israeli airstrikes. In some areas in Gaza city, Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets asking them to evacuate their homes.

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Palestinian children watch the funeral of Foaad Hejaze and his two sons Mohammed Foaad Hejaze and Suhaib Foaad Hejaze from their house in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza strip on Nov. 20. Foaad Hejaze and his two sons were killed by an Israeli air strike which also left his wife injured.

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Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire in the National Islamic Bank, which was destroyed overnight in an Israeli strike, in Gaza City on Nov. 20. Early Tuesday, Israeli aircraft targeted another Hamas symbol of power, battering the headquarters of the bank senior Hamas officials set up to sidestep international sanctions on the militant group's rule.

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An Israeli soldier evacuates a young girl from a site hit by a rocket launched by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva on Nov. 20. Israeli leaders discussed an Egyptian plan for a truce with Gaza's ruling Hamas, reports said, before a mission by the UN chief to Jerusalem and as the toll from Israeli raids on Gaza rose over 100.

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Palestinian children stand in the rubble left after an Israeli strike on a house in Gaza City, on Nov. 20.

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