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Operation Cast Lead
In December 2008 and January 2009, the Israeli military waged a brutal campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip called Operation Cast Lead. The Israeli offensive was desgiend to destroy Hamas' ability to fire rockets at Israeli civilians, and to destroy smuggling tunnels along the Egyptian border. By the end of the fighting, thousands of homes lay in ruins and more than 1,200 Palestinians—primarily civilians—were dead.