Israel, Hamas trade fire and tough truce proposals

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says militants in Gaza firing rockets into Israel are launching some of them from residential areas.

The Israeli military released video it says showed a weapons depot hidden in a Gaza neighborhood. The military says militants fired nearly 100 rockets on Monday.

Counter attacks killed at least 38 Palestinians on Monday, bringing the death toll since the start of Israel's offensive to 111. That number includes 56 civilians. Some 800 people have been wounded, more than 200 of them children. Three Israelis have died and dozens were wounded since last week.

Meanwhile, Egypt is at the center of diplomatic activity to end the violence. Egyptian intelligence officials met separately in Cairo with an Israeli envoy and with the top Hamas leader in exile.

Hamas wants Israel to halt all attacks on Gaza and lift tight restrictions on trade and movement in and out of the territory that have been in place since Hamas seized Gaza by force in 2007. Israel demands an end to rocket fire from Gaza and a halt to weapons smuggling into Gaza through tunnels under the border with Egypt.

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269-a-13-(Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli Foreign Minister, at news conference)-"to emergency alarms"-Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says his nation's citizens should not be having to live in fear of bombs raining down on them. (19 Nov 2012)

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217-v-34-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)--President Obama has been working the phones from Asia in a bid to defuse the crisis over Gaza. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (19 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO AXLP107: Birds fly as a plume of smoke is seen over central Gaza Strip, after an airstrike by Israeli forces, as seen from the Israel Gaza border, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (19 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO AXLP106: Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Bratslav Hasidic sect, in support of the Israeli forces, hold national flags on top of a van as they drive towards the border with the central Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) (19 Nov 2012)

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