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Gaza official: Israeli airstrikes and shelling kill at least 100 in Gaza on Tuesday

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A Palestinian health official says at least 100 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting in Gaza on Tuesday.

The high death toll comes as Israel has escalated its military offensive in the coastal strip.

PHOTO: In this image taken from video an explosion hits the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio in central Gaza City early on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.  The building also houses offices of a number of Arab satellite television news channels. (AP Photo/APTN)
In this image taken from video an explosion hits the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio in central Gaza City early on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The building also houses offices of a number of Arab satellite television news channels. (AP Photo/APTN)

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the toll counts those killed from midnight on Monday.

The Palestinian death toll in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting has surpassed 1,100.

Since the start of Israeli ground operations in the Gaza Strip, there have been several instances when the daily Palestinian death toll surpassed 100.

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PHOTO: Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early Tuesday in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. (July 29)
Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early Tuesday in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. (July 29) PHOTO: The spokesman of Gaza's electricity distribution company says two Israeli tank shells have hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip's only power plant. A huge plume of black smoke was seen rising after the explosion. (July 29)
The spokesman of Gaza's electricity distribution company says two Israeli tank shells have hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip's only power plant. A huge plume of black smoke was seen rising after the explosion. (July 29)
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PHOTO: Palestinian and Islamic flags and a portrait of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, are placed on the rubble of his house hit by a pre-dawn Israeli strike, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Early Tuesday, Israel warplanes struck a series of targets in Gaza City, including Haniyeh's house and government offices, while Gaza's border area with Israel was hit by heavy tank shelling. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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