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100 Men, Women and Children Killed in Gaza as Obama Declares Full American Support for Israel

Sunday marked the deadliest day for Palestinians in Gaza, as Israel's heavy bombardment of the coastal strip killed yet more civilians. By Monday, the death toll had risen to over 100 people in Gaza--58 of them civilians.

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This comes as Egyptian revolutionaries have crossed into Gaza. The  Associated Pressreports:

About 500 Egyptian activists have crossed into Gaza to deliver medical supplies and show support for Palestinians facing an Israeli offensive...

"We are telling the Palestinians that we are on their side," said activist Adam Mubarak. "Our visit is a message to Israel that we will not abandon the Palestinians in Gaza."

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has uttered his first public words on the Israeli assault.

"Let's understand what the precipitating event here that's causing the current crisis and that was an ever-escalating number of missiles that were landing not just in Israeli territory but in areas that are populated, and there's no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders," said Obama, ignoring the fact that it was an  Israeli assassination that decisively broke a cease-firebetween Hamas and Israel and that this latest flare-up  began when Israel killed a teenage boy.

"Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory," Obama added at a press conference during his trip to Asia. "If that can be accomplished without a ramping up of military activity in Gaza, that's preferable. It's not just preferable for the people of Gaza. It's also preferable for Israelis, because if Israeli troops are in Gaza, they're much more at risk of incurring fatalities or being wounded."

Alex Kane is AlterNet's New York-based World editor, and an assistant editor for Mondoweiss. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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