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Gaza truce extension called off

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 00:53

Israel ends Gaza truce extension rejected by Hamas after militant rocket salvo. Paul Chapman reports.

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The humanitarian truce in Gaza ended as Israel unleashed a fierce bout of shelling in response to a militant rocket salvo. Plumes of black smoke were visible on the Gaza skyline on Sunday morning. At least three deaths were reported in separate strikes. The Israeli military said in a statement its unilateral 24-hour truce was over. It accused Palestinian militants of incessant rocket fire throughout the break in hostilities intended for the welfare of Gaza's civilians. Hamas, which controls Gaza, rejected an extension of the original 12-hour truce on Saturday unless Israel withdrew its troops. The Israeli cabinet was due to meet on Sunday to decide how to move forward in the conflict which began almost three weeks ago.

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Gaza truce extension called off

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 00:53