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Israel's air and ground offensive in Gaza continued early Thursday, killing three people and wounding another outside the home of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar, according to Palestinian medical sources.

Three others were killed when the al-Bashir mosque in eastern Gaza came under fire, the medical sources said.

Witnesses said fighting intensified overnight in southern Gaza City's Tel el-Hawa neighborhood. Israeli forces have closed in on the densely populated city since the weekend. Read full article »

CNN's Talal Abu Rahmi, Ben Wedeman, Nada Husseini and Shira Medding contributed to this report.

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