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Palestinians Sift Through Rubble Following Offensive in Gaza Refugee Camp - 2004-10-16

Palestinians in a Gaza refugee camp are sifting through the rubble of dozens of homes Saturday, after a massive two-week offensive by Israeli troops.

Hospital officials say more than 100 Palestinians were killed in Jabalya during fierce fighting between Israeli soldiers and militants.

Residents of the camp say Israeli tanks and bulldozers destroyed houses, tore up roads and uprooted orange and olive groves. The offensive was the largest in the Gaza Strip in four years of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the troops redeployed at the urging of military commanders who said the offensive had run its course.

Israeli forces moved into Jabalya in late September, determined to drive out Palestinian militants who were firing rockets into Israel.