MORE THAN 10,000 PALESTINIANS KILLEDIsraeli troops have been battling Palestinian militants inside Gaza for over a week, and have succeeded in cutting the territory in half and encircling Gaza City. The Palestinian death toll has surpassed 10,000, the Health Ministry of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip said Monday, including over 4,100 minors. The ministry does not distinguish between civilians and combatants, and Israel says it has killed thousands of fighters. HEAVY FIGHTING IN THE NORTHFor now, Israel’s troops are focused on northern Gaza, including Gaza City, which before the war was home to some 650,000 people. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)Residents in northern Gaza reported heavy battles overnight into Tuesday morning in the outskirts of Gaza City.