Rockets Rip Through Southern Israel

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    Dec. 25: Israeli Air Force pilots throw their hats in the air during their graduation ceremony at the Hatzerim Air Force Base near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba. Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned on Thursday that militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza would pay a "heavy price" if they continued to target Israel, as the Israeli military wrapped up preparations for a possible large-scale assault on the coastal territory.

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    Dec. 24: Palestinian relatives of Mohammed Marouf, one of three Hamas militants who were killed in an Israeli missile strike late Tuesday, react during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.

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    Dec. 24: Masked Palestinian militants from the Popular Resistance Committees are seen with homemade rockets on the outskirts of Gaza City. A spokesperson for the militants said the rockets were later fired at targets in Israel. More than 60 rockets and mortars rained down on southern Israeli town and communities on Wednesday, the Israeli military said.

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    Dec. 24: Masked Palestinian militants from the Popular Resistance Committees carry homemade rockets on the outskirts of Gaza City. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel with dozens of mortars and rockets on Wednesday, sowing panic and despair there and burdening diplomatic efforts to revive an expired truce.

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    Dec. 25: An Israeli soldier walks in front of tanks near an army base at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel.

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    Dec. 24: Palestinian mourners carry the body of one of three Hamas militants who were killed in an Israeli missile strike late Tuesday, to the morgue of Kamal Adwan hospital before their funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. Only Palestinians were injured.

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    Dec. 24: Palestinian mourners carry the body of one of three Hamas militants who were killed in an Israeli missile strike late Tuesday, to the morgue of Kamal Adwan hospital before their funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.

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    Dec. 24: An Israeli boy is comforted after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from within the Gaza Strip hit in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

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    Dec. 24: A Palestinian man inspects the damage where a rocket fired by Palestinian militants intended for a target in Israel accidentally hit a building in Gaza City. Palestinian Iyad Dremly, who works for the Palestinian Center for Conflict Resolution, was injured in the explosion.

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    Dec. 25: An Israeli tank is seen in position near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Defense Minister Ehud Barak militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza would pay a "heavy price" if they continued to target Israel.

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    Dec. 22: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak stands next to shelves displaying remains of exploded rockets, fired by Palestinian militants from within the Gaza Strip at southern Israel, during his visit to the southern Israeli town of Sderot. According to Israeli defense officials the military carried out an exercise Tuesday preparing a new set of towns for rocket strikes by Gaza militants.

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    Dec. 24: Israel's President Shimon Peres lights candles for the Jewish holiday of Hannukah during a visit to the southern Israeli city of Sderot. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel with mortars and rockets early Wednesday, burdening diplomatic efforts to revive a truce that expired over the weekend.

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    Dec. 24: n Israeli border police officer inspects damage, after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from within the Gaza Strip hit a house in Tkuma, near the southern Israeli town of Netivot.

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    Dec. 25: A Palestinian woman participates in a protest, calling for the release of Ahmed Saadat, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine near Ramallah. In 2001, gunmen from Saadat's faction assassinated an Israeli Cabinet minister.

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    Dec. 24: Map locates rocket attacks near the Gaza region.

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