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Hamas chief scoffs at Israel’s ground invasion threat

Gaza death toll at 107; strike kills militant leader

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The top leader of Hamas dared Israel on Monday to launch a ground invasion of Gaza and dismissed diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the six-day-old conflict, as the Israeli military countered Gazan rockets with a new wave of deadly airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave.

The airstrikes have killed more than 100 Palestinians since they began Wednesday. Monday’s strikes included a second hit on a 15-story Gaza City building that houses media outlets, in which a top militant leader was killed. Among the volley of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Monday was one that hit a vacant school.

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