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Palestinian girls play amidst the rubble next to their destroyed homes in the area of east Jebaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip, that was devastated in the last Israeli military offensive, Wednesday Jan. 29, 2009. U.S. President Barack Obama's new Mideast envoy George Mitchell sought Wednesday to strengthen a 10-day-old Gaza cease-fire that was thrown into turmoil, as Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza smuggling tunnels in retaliation for a Palestinian bombing on Tuesday that killed a soldier.  APAIMAGES PHOTO / Ashraf Amra