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Israeli forces kill man in Deir al-Balah, shell eastern Rafah
Published Saturday 26/07/2014 (updated) 28/07/2014 11:24
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A Palestinian man reacts following an Israeli air strike in Gaza
City on July 11, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot a man dead and shelled the southern Gaza Strip late Saturday, amid reports that a humanitarian ceasefire had been extended for four hours until midnight.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, said in a statement that Naem Abd al-Aziz Abu Thaher, 36, was shot dead by Israeli forces in eastern Deir al-Balah.

A Ma'an reporter in Gaza said that Israeli forces had also shelled an area east of Rafah.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was unaware of any new strikes on Gaza.

The attacks came after Israeli media reported that officials had agreed to extend a humanitarian truce for four hours. The truce was initially scheduled to end at 8:00 p.m., but was to be extended until midnight.

There was no formal announcement for the extension of the ceasefire, and Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the Islamist movement had not been consulted about the extension.

Meanwhile, al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that it targeted Tel Aviv with two M75 rockets at 8:40 p.m, 40 minutes after the end of the official ceasefire period.

Militants also fired rockets at Nahal Oz, the statement said.

Minutes after the official ceasefire expired, Israeli media reported that mortar shells hit open areas in Eshkol Regional Council.

Additionally, rocket sirens were heard in various towns in southern Israel.

Another rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome over Kiryat Ekron in central Israel.

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza rose to well over 1,000 on Saturday, as search teams recovered bodies from destroyed buildings during the brief ceasefire.

Some 151 bodies were recovered during the 12-hour window, according to the Ministry of Health.

Nearly 6,000 Palestinians have been injured in the offensive.

Forty Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza, and three civilians have been killed by militant groups' attacks on Israel.
1 ) Tobias / USA
26/07/2014 22:49
-1- Israel has had many ceasefires with Hamas, and every single one of them was used by Hamas to prepare for the next bloodier war, so Israel has every reason to "resumes attacks", Until Hamas Accepts Peace, and -2- If Hamas will Not Accept Peace, then the people of Gaza have 3,000 (dead Gazans) reasons to want Hamas expelled from Gaza !!

2 ) Mel / USA
26/07/2014 22:58
you forgot to mention that amid the ceasefire, Hamas has broken that ceasefire by sending mortarts into Israel. Biased article and journalist

3 ) myra / canada
26/07/2014 23:00
What the Israelis are doing to all the people in Gaza is pure evil. The Al Jazeera news footage showing the innocent Palestinians being killed is beyond shocking. Just hard to find the words to express seeing the devastating images coming out of Gaza.

26/07/2014 23:10

5 ) Propaganda / Gaza
26/07/2014 23:26
Maan is a news agency, not Hamas Spokesman. You Screwd up BIG TIME. The bottom line is : "Hamas Breaks Cease fire, Israel Had not Reacted Yet". This article is just absurd... read : BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28504509 SKY: http://news.sky.com/story/1307709/hamas-ends-truce-as-gaza-dead-tops-1000 EVEN DAMN CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/26/world/meast/mideast-crisis/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 GAZA PEOPLE HAD ENOUGH OF HAMMAS!!!!!!

6 ) Five Truths / USA
26/07/2014 23:34
-1- HAMAS resumed ATTACKS on Israel FIRST, AND ISRAEL just RESPONDED to being attacked, which is -2- how this 2014 war started in the first place, -3- how this 2012 war started in the first place, -4- how this 2009 war started in the first place, and -5- how this 2006 war started in the first place !!!!!

7 ) Options / Truth
27/07/2014 00:21
- Gaza will always have an option of living in peace with Israel, but Israel will never have an option of living in peace with Gaza, and - Hamas may always target Israeli civilians, and use Gaza's civilians as human-shields to protect their weapons & fighters, but Israel will never be such a war criminal.

8 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
27/07/2014 00:39
One was killed by friendly fire, his name is First Sergeant Eitan Barak, killed July 18th.

9 ) Nothing But The / Truth
27/07/2014 00:40
May it be His Will, for the ground to swallow-up Hamas fighters (Amen), Since long before the start of this and every other Gaza War, * HAMAS USED MOSQUES, HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, * AND CIVILIANS, FOR WAR CRIMES, instead of Prayer, and His people (Israel) just targeted Hamas' fighters & weapons !!

10 ) peter wilson / nz
27/07/2014 06:15
I see the hasbaristas are at it again. Why is it that you people will not address the root cause of this conflict- the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Israelis which started prior to the 48 arab israeli war. This and susequent illegal acts by Israel created in Gaza a disproprotionate refugee population which Israel refuses to acknowledge. Couple this with the inhumane blockade of Gaza by Israel and Israel has created all the conditions required for armed resistance by Gazans.

11 ) Abdul / India
27/07/2014 11:36
Israel must be punishied for the massacre of innocent palestine people.They don't have any right to imprison Gazans by blocking Gaza.The block must be lifted.Hamas has the right to resist oppression&occupation.Israel must be disarmed for lasting peace.We support the resistance.

12 ) Roy Galutia / USA
28/07/2014 00:00
Teaching innocent children Jihad and Martyrdom in Hamas summer camps is pure Evil and is considered a War crime by international standards . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bra53uzgPDk indoctrinated children willingly listen to their mentors in times of war and have a greater possibility of becoming casualties ... Please stop these training camps ....

13 ) Action Hero / US
28/07/2014 22:56
#12, I don't know how old you are Roy, but as kids we played with miniature American army jeeps, had toy weapons (guns, grenades) & army uniforms. Back in the day, war was glorified as long as you were kicking the a** of the commie bas**ards. Now I've seen video's of Israeli children (same age) on summer camp, being taught to hate Palestinians & handle weapons, so it's not one sided. My own feeling is that some of this is propaganda & some, just the same kind of patriotic indoctrination we got.
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