An Israeli rocket is fired into the northern Gaza Strip, July 17, 2014. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said. The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel. Palestinian health officials say 233 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air and naval strikes. One Israeli civilian has been killed by fire from Gaza.
Left wing Israelis hold signs as they participate in a demonstration against the Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas resumed Thursday, including an airstrike that killed three Palestinian children feeding pigeons on their roof, after a temporary cease-fire that allowed Gazans to stock up on supplies.
An Israeli soldier sits atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC), after the end of a five-hour humanitarian truce, near the border with the Gaza Strip, July 17, 2014. Israeli leaders on Thursday played down prospects of a permanent Gaza ceasefire and fighting returned to a familiar pattern of Palestinian rocket salvoes and Israeli bombing after a five-hour humanitarian truce.
An Israeli tank performs a maneuver after the end of a five-hour humanitarian truce, near the border with the Gaza Strip, July 17, 2014. Israeli leaders on Thursday played down prospects of a permanent Gaza ceasefire and fighting returned to a familiar pattern of Palestinian rocket salvoes and Israeli bombing after the five-hour humanitarian truce.
An Israeli soldier launches a Skylark unmanned aerial vehicle near the Israeli-Gaza Border, July 16, 2014. Israel on Wednesday agreed to a proposed six-hour cessation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons, a Israeli senior official told Reuters. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it had not yet been decided when the lull would take place. Hamas had no immediate comment.
Mourners carry the bodies of the four Palestinian children from the Baker family, whom medics said were killed by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, during their funeral in Gaza City, July 16, 2014. The four Palestinian children were killed and another child was critically wounded on a Gaza beach on Wednesday by the shell fired by the Israeli naval gunboat, a Palestinian health official said.
AFP photographer Jaafar Ishtayeh looks at his burning car after it was hit by tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers, during a protest by Palestinians against Israeli air strikes in Gaza strip, at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, July 16, 2014. Ishtayeh, a Palestinian, was at the scene to provide coverage of the protest.
A man, who is hoping to cross into Egypt, shouts as he holds his passport and other family members' passports while he waits at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip, July 16, 2014. Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah border crossing to Gaza last week to allow wounded Palestinians to receive medical care in Egypt, and to allow holders of foreign passports, including Egyptians, to leave the Strip, border officials in Gaza said. Under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Cairo has secured closures on the Gaza border, increasing economic pressure on Hamas from a long-running Israeli blockade. Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, a day after holding its fire in deference to an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks.
A Palestinian boy looks at the remains of a car which police said was hit in an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, July 16, 2014.
Beach-goers look at explosions as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, over Tel Aviv, July 15, 2014. Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. The week-old conflict seemed to be at a turning point, with Hamas defying Arab and Western calls to cease fire and Israel threatening to step up a week-old offensive that could include an invasion of the densely populated enclave of 1.8 million.
Israelis gather to look at air strikes on the Gaza Strip from a hilltop near the southern town of Sderot, July 15, 2014.
A Palestinian man is pictured through a damaged wall as he walks past a police station, which was under construction when it was destroyed in what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, July 15, 2014.
Flares fired by the Israeli military above the northern Gaza Strip are seen from the Israeli town of Sderot, July 14, 2014.
A Palestinian woman walks past the remains of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, July 15, 2014.
A ball of fire is seen following an early morning Israeli air strike, July 11, 2014, on Rafah in the southern of Gaza strip. Israeli warplanes kept up deadly raids on Gaza but failed to stop Palestinian militants firing rockets across the border. The United States offered to help negotiate a truce.
Firefighters try to douse a fire from a rocket that hit a Petrol station in Ashdod, Israel, July 11, 2014.
Palestinian men inspect the site of an Israeli military strike in Gaza City, July 8, 2014. The Israeli air force launched dozens of raids on the Gaza Strip overnight after massive rocket fire from the enclave pounded southern Israel.
Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers at the gates of the Beit El Jewish settlement in the Israel occupied West Bank near Ramallah, July 9, 2014, as they protest against the bombardment of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli air force.
Israelis take cover in an underground car park in the coastal city of Tel Aviv, July 10, 2014, during a rocket attack by Palestinian militants from the nearby Gaza Strip. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip was intercepted over Tel Aviv earlier that morning, the Israeli military said.
The mother of four-year-old Palestinian girl Yasmeen al-Motawaq, whom hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli air strike, carries her body during her funeral in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014. Israeli air strikes carried out a pre-dawn raid in Khan Younis on Gaza on Thursday, Palestinian officials said, while Hamas-led fighters launched rockets at Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.
Palestinians stand on the edge of a crater as others look for people under the rubble of a house that was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, July 9, 2014.
Israelis hide in a large concrete pipe used as a shelter during a Palestinian rocket attack on the southern Israeli village of Nitzan, July 10, 2014. The Nitzan village is mainly inhabited by former Israeli settlers who left the Gaza Strip in 2005.
Lebanese and Palestinian protesters set fire to U.S. and Israeli flags during a demonstration to denounce Israeli air strikes on the Gaza strip, in Lebanon's southern port city of Sidon, July 10, 2014.
A Palestinian man stands inside a damaged building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, July 10, 2014.
Israeli D9 Bulldozers roll along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip following Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014.
Relatives of Palestinian Hamas militant Abdulrahman al-Zameli throw flowers as they mourn during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, July 7, 2014. Israeli air strikes killed six Hamas militants, one of them al-Zameli, in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the Islamist group said. The Israeli military said its aircraft targeted "terror sites and concealed rocket launchers" in the enclave. It said about 10 rockets hit southern Israel on Monday, wounding one soldier.
Smoke trails are seen as rockets are launched towards Israel from the northern Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014. Israeli air strikes killed eight members of a family including five children in a pre-dawn raid on Gaza on Thursday, Palestinian officials said, while Hamas-led fighters launched rockets at Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. Israel says its offensive is intended to halt rocket fire at its cities from the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians collect their belongings from the rubble of their house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, July 9, 2014.
Israeli soldiers sleep under a truck near the border with the Gaza Strip, July 9, 2014.
A man inspects the aftermath of what police said was an air strike on the house where militant Hafez Hamad and five other people were killed, in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, July 9, 2014. Israel assassinated a senior local leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group in the northern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, neighbours and hospital officials said, and five others including family members were killed. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she had no initial details on the strike.The militant, Hafez Hamad, two brothers and his parents were killed when his house was bombed in an air strike in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas media and Gaza interior ministry said. An unidentified woman in the house was also killed.
Boys carry their surf boards ashore after their lesson was cancelled following a mid-air explosion from a rocket which was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, in Tel Aviv, July 9, 2014. Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes on Wednesday, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare.
Smoke is seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, July 9, 2014. Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes on Wednesday, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland.
Israelis run towards a bomb shelter as a siren sounds warning of incoming rockets in the southern city of Ashkelon, July 9, 2014.
Palestinians search for their belongings under the rubble of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, July 10, 2014. Israel pressed on with a punishing aerial offensive in Gaza for a third day on Thursday, killing eight members of a family including five children in a predawn strike, Palestinian officials said, while militants fired rockets at Israeli cities. The attack destroyed at least two homes in Khan Younis in southern Gaza, killing the eight people, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
A protestor holds a portrait of Mohammed Abu Khder, a 16-year-old Palestinian from east Jerusalem who was kidnapped and killed in a suspected revenge attack, during a protest in the northern Israeli Arab city of Acre, July 7, 2014. Three Jewish extremists arrested for the killing of Khder have confessed to the attack, an Israeli official said, as shock waves from the brutal murder continued to spread.
A Jewish woman prays during the joint funeral of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in, July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.