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Gaza Pediatrics Wing Crowded With War's Youngest Victims (PHOTOS)

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.

Palestinian health officials say more than 800 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,200 wounded by Israeli airstrikes and tank fire aimed at what Israel says are Hamas targets. The United Nations says civilians make up three-fourths of the dead and a majority of the wounded. Among the dead have been at least 192 children and teens age 17 and under, the U.N. says.

The Israeli military says it is doing its utmost to spare civilians, including by sending evacuation warnings to homes and neighborhoods that are about to be hit in Israel's air- and ground operation. However, Gaza is densely populated, with 1.7 million people squeezed into a small strip of land on the Mediterranean Sea, leaving little room for escape.

Israel says the goal of its operation is to destroy Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border and to halt rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli communities.

Here are portraits of 11 children recovering from their injuries at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital. They range in age from two to 10. Most were wounded in airstrikes on their homes or neighborhoods, with injuries ranging from a broken pelvis to a broken nose and fractured skull.

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Mojahed al-Ejla, 8, rests at the Shifa hospital on July 24, 2014 where he is receiving treatment for a fractured skull caused by a July 19 Israeli shelling while he and the family were fleeing from the Shijaiyah neighborhood, in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Shahd al-Henawi, 8, sits in her bed at the Shifa hospital on July 24, 2014, where she is receiving treatment for a fractured skull caused by a partial collapse of the family house following a July 23 Israeli strike at the Jebaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, in Gaza City.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Habiba al-Taban, 6, rests in the Shifa hospital on July 24, 2014 as she recovers from injuries from a July 21 Israeli strike that hit an area near family's house in the Zawaydah refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Shaher Abed al-Nabi, 7, waits in the Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 24, 2014 for treatment of injuries he sustained while sleeping in the family house when an Israeli strike hit a house next door, in the northern Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Nema Abu al-Foul, 2, who was injured while playing with others in front of her family's house in the Al-Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in an Israeli missile strike on July 19, recovers at Shifa hospital on July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Mohammed Albardiny, 7, rests at Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 24, 2014, where he is receiving treatment for shrapnel in his right shoulder as well as his head, which caused a skull fracture. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Moath al- Eskafy, 7, plays with a mobile phone at Shifa hospital, in Gaza City on July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Mohammed Albardiny, 7, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 24, 2014, where he is receiving treatment for shrapnel in his right shoulder as well as his head, which caused a skull fracture. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Alaa Bekhit, 8, recovers at Shifa hospital on July 24, 2014 from internal bleeding following an Israeli strike that hit a neighbor's house, in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Marwan Hassanein, 4, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Nour al-Areir, 10, waits for surgery at Shifa hospital on July 24, 2014 to remove shrapnel from her skull from a July 20 Israeli shelling while she was sleeping in her bedroom in the Shijaiyah neighborhood in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Maha al-Sheikh Khalil, 7, smiles as she lies in bed at Shifa hospital on July 24, 2014, where she is undergoing treatment for her a shrapnel injury to her neck, which has caused paralysis to her limbs. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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