APTOPIX Mideast Israel Palestinians

November 19, 2012 - 4:34 AM
An Israeli soldier covered in a prayer shawl walks past tanks in a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in its campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)