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Gaza truce ends

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 00:29

Israel calls off Gaza truce extension after militant rocket fire sets off warning sirens in the south and center of the Jewish state. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The Israeli military started fighting again in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, saying Hamas militants had ignored a 24-hour, humanitarian ceasefire requested by the United Nations. "Following Hamas' incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population in Gaza, the (army) will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip," a military statement said. Residents in Gaza reported hearing heavy shelling east of Gaza City shortly after the announcement was made. Air raid sirens sounded in southern and central Israel on Sunday morning to warn of incoming rocket fire, hours after Israel had agreed to extend the ceasefire. Hamas, which dominates the coastal enclave, had said it would only accept the truce if Israeli troops left the territory. Israeli media reported a couple of the rockets landed in open areas and another was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system. One soldier was killed by a mortar that struck Israel overnight, the military said.

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Gaza truce ends

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 00:29