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Gazans unimpressed by truce

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 01:30

Gaza's residents appear unimpressed by Saturday's 12-hour truce after heavy fighting in the run-up. Paul Chapman reports.

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A series of huge explosions shook Gaza right up until Saturday's brief 12-hour truce kicked in. Several houses were reduced to rubble in the onslaught. Gaza health officials said 18 members of one family were killed when their house was hit. Earlier militants fired a barrage of rockets from Gaza, triggering sirens across much of southern and central Israel although no casualties were reported. The truce, which began at 0500GMT, hasn't impressed many of Gaza's residents. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GAZAN REFUGED TO UNRWA SCHOOL FROM ISRAELI ATTACKS, ALAA ZAIED, SAYING: "We are looking for a long term truce, we do not want to keep waiting for a truce day after day. Here we live in a very bad situation, we are homeless and live here in the school, our children are very tired. Truly we live in a very bad situation." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GAZAN REFUGED TO UNRWA SCHOOL FROM ISRAELI ATTACKS, LENA LEDAWE, SAYING: "What truce Israel is talking about? Israel is lying. It agrees to a truce but after that what does it do? after we feel safe and go to check on the family and friends while leaving children here they (Israeli forces) kill you wherever you are." Nineteen days into the conflictat least 883 Palestinians have been killed, many of them civilians. Israel says two more of its soldiers have been killed in Gaza, bringing the army death toll to 37, and three civilians.

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Gazans unimpressed by truce

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 01:30