Dramatic Photos: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Just as tensions between Israel and Hamas reach a fever pitch, a cease-fire agreement took effect on the night of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, putting an end to eight days of fighting. Take a look back at the continuous 50-year conflict between the two countries.

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An Israeli soldiers throws tear gas at Palestinian protestors, not seen, during a protest against Israel's military operations, in the West Bank village of Beit Omar near Hebron, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. On the third day of an Israeli military operation against the Gaza strip, Israel overnight targeted dozens of sites it said Gaza gunmen were using to fire rockets. The Israeli offensive has not deterred the militants from firing more than 400 rockets aimed at southern Israel since Wednesday, the military said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
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Palestinian Hamas militants parade during a rally to celebrate the Israel-Hamas ceasefire in the Jebaliya refugee camp. The United States helped broker a cease-fire that ended eight days of violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers. Click here to see more photos.
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A Palestinian baby wears a Hamas bandana during a rally to celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in the Jebaliya refugee camp, north Gaza Strip. Gaza residents cleared rubble and claimed victory on Thursday, just hours after an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers ended the worst cross-border fighting in four years.
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Bratslav Hasidic sect, dance as they celebrate at Yad Mordechai, in southern Israel close to the Israel Gaza Strip Border. A cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers brought about an end to eight days of the fiercest fighting in years.
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Palestinian carry the bodies of Hamas militants, the brothers Sadi Abu Kamil , Ahmed Abu Kamil, Mohamamed Abu Etawi and Nidal Hassan during their funerals in front of the Al Eman mosque in Mugharka village, central Gaza Strip.
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Palestinians celebrate the cease-fire in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.
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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal speaks during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 after a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas walk together following a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
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An Israeli soldier prays as he sits at an armored personnel carrier at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office.
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A member of the Abdel Aal family is rescued after his family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighbourhood, Gaza City.
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Palestinians hurry away from a damaged building after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.
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An Israeli soldier holds up a Torah scroll as others reach to touch it in a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
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Palestinians pray over the body of one and a half year-old baby, Iyad Abu Khoussa, during his funeral at a mosque in Bureij Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip.
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Israelis take cover as an air raid siren warns of incoming rockets from Gaza, next to an Iron Dome defense system in Tel Aviv. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, the military said.
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A rocket launched by Palestinian militants towards Israel makes its way from the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel.
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The Israeli Defense Force photographed the car (circled) of the Hamas military chief, Ahmad Jabari, moments before an airstrike hit and killed him Wednesday, Nov. 14.
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Since Jabari's assassination, Hamas has retaliated with a rocket barrage that killed three in southern Israel, and with the first-ever rocket attacks from Gaza on Tel Aviv. Here, Israel's Iron Dome defense system is fired to intercept incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, Israel.
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Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli airstrike on a wood factory in east Jabaliya, northern Gaza Strip.
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An Israeli soldiers throws tear gas at Palestinian protestors, not seen, during a protest against Israel's military operations in the West Bank village of Beit Omar. Yet, the Israeli offensive has not deterred the militants from firing more than 400 rockets aimed at southern Israel since Wednesday, Nov. 14, the military said.
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Palestinian militants fired three rockets at Israel, leaving a thin trail of white smoke, seen between buildings in Gaza City. With Israel threatening to invade the Palestinian territory, the heaviest fighting is currently happening between Israel and Hamas in four years.
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Smoke rises following an Israeli attack in Gaza City. At least 27 Palestinians, including seven militants and 12 civilians, among them six children and a pregnant woman, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes, NBC News reported.
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Israeli soldiers and civilians run to a rocket shelter as a siren sounds, signaling an attack coming from the nearby Gaza Strip in Neva settlement.
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Israeli soldiers work on their tanks in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip. Israel announced Friday, Nov. 16, that the country called up 16,000 reservist troops.
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Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (right) and Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil (left) wave to the crowd in Gaza City. Israel offered to suspend its offensive in the Gaza Strip Friday, Nov. 16, during Haniyeh's visit, but the Palestinians unleashed a fresh salvo.
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An Israeli soldier throws a blood-stained table from an apartment building hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, killing three people in Kiryat Malachi. The casualties were the first in Israel since it launched its operation on Wednesday following the assassination of Jabari.
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Smoke trails are seen after missiles were fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza City towards southern Israel.
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A Palestinian holds a green Islamic flag during clashes with Israeli troops at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem.
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Israeli soldiers run toward Palestinians throwing stones, during clashes in the West Bank village of Al-Jalameh after a march against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip. At least 22 Palestinians, including 12 militants and six children, as well as three Israelis, have been killed in three days of fierce exchanges between the Israeli military and Gaza militants.
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A Zaka volunteer cleans blood stains from an apartment in a building that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, where three people were killed in Kiryat Malachi.
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Palestinian Khaled Tafesh cries outside the morgue of Shifa Hospital before taking the dead body of his 10-month-old infant in Gaza City. According to hospital reports, Haneen Tafesh died from wounds of an earlier Israeli strike.
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