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Amid Attacks, Israel Creates Gaza Buffer Zone

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Amid Attacks, Israel Creates Gaza Buffer Zone

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Amid Attacks, Israel Creates Gaza Buffer Zone

Amid Attacks, Israel Creates Gaza Buffer Zone

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A mobile cannon of an Israeli Army artillery unit in Nahal, Israel, bombards the northern Gaza Strip, Dec. 28. Limor Edrey/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A mobile cannon of an Israeli Army artillery unit in Nahal, Israel, bombards the northern Gaza Strip, Dec. 28.

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Israeli officials say they are creating a buffer zone in northern Gaza. In recent days, homemade Kassem rockets fired from Gaza have been landing closer to populated areas in southern Israel.

Israeli officials say they will step up action to stop the rockets but will not send ground forces into Gaza. But Palestinians say the move amounts to a re-occupation of parts of Gaza, three and a half months after Israel withdrew from the area.

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