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An Israeli soldier wounded in the Gaza Strip is unloaded from an army helicopter as it arrives at Soroka Hospital in the southern Israeli town of Beersheba, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. The expansion of Israel’s offensive against Gaza’s Hamas rulers into ground battles and artillery salvos is taking a heavier toll on the civilians of the crowded sliver of land, including three toddlers killed Monday by the blast of a crashing shell. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)