A deadly day in Gaza

By Anne Barnard and Isabel Kershner New York Times News Service Published Jul 21, 2014 at 12:01AM
Khalil Hamra / The Associated Press Smoke rises in the air as flame spread across buildings after Israeli strikes in Shijaiyah neighbourhood in Gaza City on Sunday. Escalating their ground offensive, Israeli troops backed by tanks and warplanes battled Hamas militants in the crowded neighborhood early Sunday. The fighting, including heavy Israeli tank fire, killed scores of Palestinians, forced thousands to flee and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes.