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Medical officials in Gaza say at least 85 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting. (Source: CBS) Medical officials in Gaza say at least 85 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting. (Source: CBS)

(CBS) - President Barack Obama says the United States is willing to help negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. But the fighting is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Israelis on the border with Gaza woke up to sounds of more rocket fire on Friday morning.

In Tel Aviv, emergency shelters are open for people on edge as Hamas missiles target major cities.

"You don't want to go out from your house and just to travel. And you can't stay in your routines," said Idit Niesenbaum, a Tel Aviv resident.

Israel says over the past 24 hours Gaza militants have launched nearly 200 rockets at Israel.

The Iron Dome missile defense system has stopped most of them, including ones fired at Jerusalem on Thursday.

"It's an outrageous attack. It's unbearable, unacceptable and the IDF is determined to fight back and strike Hamas in order to cease their aggression," said Peter Lerner, an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) spokesperson.

Israel says it's launched about 1,100 rockets at Hamas terror sites since Monday. Medical officials in Gaza say at least 85 Palestinians, including many civilians, have been killed.

Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to pledge U.S. assistance to help negotiate a cease-fire.

He also called on both sides to protect civilians and restore calm.

But tensions are high. On Thursday night Palestinians and Israelis clashed again in the West Bank. The Israeli army used tear gas to try to break up the fighting.

And on Friday morning, Israeli officials say apparent rocket fire from Lebanon has struck near Israel's northern border. So far, nobody has taken responsibility for the attack. The military fired back toward the source in Lebanon.

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