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Palestinian children look at the remains of a house which destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City July 14, 2014. Israel appeared to hold off on a threatened escalation of its week-old Gaza Strip barrage on Monday despite balking at Western calls for a ceasefire with an equally defiant Hamas. The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 166 Palestinians - among them about 138 civilians, including 30 children - have died during six days of warfare, and more than 1,000 wounded. Israel says its offensive is intended to halt rocket fire at its cities from the Gaza Strip. Photo by Mohammed Talatene