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Israeli Airstrikes Target Gaza Mosques; Militants Fire Rockets

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A new round of Israeli airstrikes and tank fire pounded Gaza on Monday as officials in the coastal strip said two more Palestinian civilians died from the violence. There has so far been no end in sight for the war, which has already killed more than 2,100 Palestinians since the fighting erupted on July 8. The U.N. says about 75 percent of the Palestinians killed have been civilians. On the Israeli side, 68 people have been killed, all but four of them soldiers.

The Israeli military said it carried out 16 airstrikes on Gaza early Monday, targeting a mosque it said was used to store weapons and another it said militants used as a meeting point. The military also said that Palestinian militants from the densely populated strip fired 10 rockets into Israel on Monday, all of which landed in open areas. The latest exchanges came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the Israeli military campaign in Gaza could go into September. Several rounds of indirect talks in Cairo between Israel and a Palestinian delegation that included Hamas have collapsed.

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- The Associated Press