5ca7e07815d670d7e51dfe4ef94eeff9536f295eAt least 97 Palestinians and 13 soldiers were killed Sunday as Israel ramped up a major military offensive in the bloodiest single day in Gaza in five years. As regional leaders met in Doha for urgent talks on a ceasefire, the Gaza Palestinian death toll soared to 435, with a spokesman for the emergency services saying more than a third of the victims were women and children. The Israeli army said 13 soldiers had been killed in a series of attacks inside Gaza on the third day of a major ground operation. “Over the course of the day, 13 soldiers from the IDF’s Golani Brigade were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip,” an army statement said. Their deaths raised to 18 the total number of soldiers killed since Israel’s ground operation began late on Thursday. It was the largest number of soldiers killed in combat since the 2006 Lebanon war. Most of Sunday’s Palestinian victims were killed in a blistering hours-long Israeli assault on Shejaiya near Gaza City, which began before dawn and has so far claimed 62 Palestinian lives, with another 250 wounded. More