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Israel pounds Gaza to curb Palestinian militants but rockets still fly

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By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Stephen Farrell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) -As the war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip lit up the skies and sent civilians running for cover for a fifth night running on Friday, diplomats stepped up efforts to try and end the violence. As Gazans marked a grim Eid al-Fitr feast marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan and Israel began a holiday weekend with no sign of an end to fighting, casualties spread further afield, with Palestinians reporting 11 killed in the West Bank amid clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces. The Israeli …

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