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Rockets, airstrikes after Gaza war truce collapses

Israeli airstrikes struck more than 20 targets in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior Hamas member yesterday

Gaza City: Israeli airstrikes struck more than 20 targets in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior Hamas member, as militant rocket fire continued following the collapse of a three-day truce aimed at ending the war between Israel and Hamas yesterday. Israel airstrikes hit houses, mosques, its warehouses and training sites. “Three bodies were found under the ruins of the al-Qassam mosque in Gaza, including that of senior Hamas official Moaaz Zaid,” said Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra.


A Palestinian demonstrator carries a burning tyre during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the entrance of the Jewish settlement of Psagot near the Palestinian town of Al-Bireh. Pic/AFP

Militants in Gaza fired five rockets toward Israel, a total of 70 rockets, since the truce expired. In response, Israel has targeted more than 30 site.

The Islamic militants resumed their rocket attacks shortly before the 72-hour truce expired, injuring two Israelis and drawing a wave of retaliatory airstrikes.

More than 1,900 Gazans have been killed in the war, roughly three-quarters of them civilians, according to Palestinian and United Nations officials. Israel disputes that breakdown, saying more militants have been killed. Sixty-seven people have been killed on the Israeli side, including three civilians from rocket fire.

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