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Ceasefire ends amid intense Rafah clashes
Published Friday 01/08/2014 (updated) 02/08/2014 17:27
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Intense clashes erupted Friday morning between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the southeastern Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants attacks a post and captured an Israeli soldier.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said that at least 35 Palestinians were killed and more than 200 injured in Israeli shelling on Rafah that occurred in response to the attack.

The clashes came after Israeli forces shelled Gaza multiple times since the commencement of the ceasefire, killing four Palestinians. Before it came into effect at 8 a.m., Israel had already killed 16 Palestinians in strikes and shelling since midnight.

Fighters reportedly emerged on Friday morning from tunnels, firing mortar shells toward the Israeli region of Eshkol across the border.

One man approached Israeli forces and blew himself up during the operation.

Israel Channel 10 said that Israeli forces were chasing down the armed men east of Rafah and was trying to prevent them from going further into the city.

Clashes were ongoing in the areas of al-Nasser, the destroyed Gaza International Airport, al-Bilbeisi and al-Bayuk east of Gaza City.



The channel's reporter said that "armed Palestinians attacked Israeli forces in eastern Rafah city with shells, grenades, and automatic weapons, which led to clashes in the area."

An Israeli military spokesperson, meanwhile, said that the 72-hour ceasefire that was announced earlier was over and that military operations would "resume."

The Islamic Jihad-affiliated Palestine TV reported that the ceasefire had been "interrupted" because an Israeli soldier had gone missing.

Israeli authorities, meanwhile, warned the residents of local towns inside Israel to stay in their homes.

The reporter added that Israeli warplanes had "joined" the battle.

Israeli media reported earlier that there was a "serious security incident" in Kerem Shalom area, declaring the area a closed military zone.
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1 ) 6 ceasefires / 6 violations by Hamas
01/08/2014 13:07
they like to shoot when the other side rests

2 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
01/08/2014 14:53
Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The latest opportunity was a 72 hour ceasefire allowing humanitarian to Gazans and a chance for negotiators in Cairo to see if they could move the ceasefire into a truce and a truce into an agreement to end fighting completely. The ceasefire only last 1 hour as Hamas terrorists carried out a carefully planned attack by sending a suicide bomber to blow himself up allowing others to kidnap an Israeli soldier. Palestinians will pay

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
01/08/2014 15:09
The bottom line is that there is no negotiation possible with Hamas. They are dedicated to war and want to kill as many people, both Israelis and Palestinians. They do not represent Palestine, but they represent worldwide jihad and Islamofascism. They do not want to build an independent Palestinian state, they want to slaughter the non-believers and join up with ISIS. The only solution right now is war with the fanatical Hamas until unconditional surrender.

4 ) purworejo Negoro / Indonesia
01/08/2014 15:11
What a pity to the Israelis who got distorted news reports only from Israel sources only because of media blackout by the regime. The rest of the world get reports about Israel brutalities and lies from international sources (not even from Hamas) No justice no peace.

5 ) JewishHeart / Israel
01/08/2014 15:23
Hamas broke ceasefire today by kidnapping Israel soldier, everything in above news report followed the kidnap and was an attempt to retrieve soldier. Hamas missed an oppurtunity to self-destruct and has now dug its own grave.

6 ) Mel / USA
01/08/2014 15:28
Consider? if Israel hadn't ROBBED Muslim&Christian Palestinian land the last 67yrs ONGOING &holistically,detaining,torturing,expelling,murdering OCCUPIED/besieged,indigenous Palestinians IN ORDER TO TAKE all for,"Land of Israel"(with FULL USG imunity &assistance); Jews would have a peaceful/partition-line "HOME".BUT ZIONISM WANTS IT ALL&AT ANY COST! But,Jews will NEVER beat the statistics of Palestine(Islam/Christianity). Jews will ALWAYS be the minority APARTHEID STATE & Palestine will PREVAIL!

7 ) Readit / USA
01/08/2014 15:34
The clashes came after Israeli forces shelled Gaza multiple times since the commencement of the ceasefire, killing four Palestinians. Before it came into effect at 8 a.m., Israel had already killed 16 Palestinians in strikes and shelling since midnight.

8 ) Dixie Nurmous / USA
01/08/2014 15:45
Israel is the one that violates thses cease fires, not hamas. Get your facts straight r tard. Zionist say they will countinue their ground operation despite a cease fire..... so how in the heck does that justify a cease fire?! Typical two sided zionist pig politics.

9 ) Sam Adam / USA
01/08/2014 15:54
This is a deciption from Israel, there is no any solders being captured but it's a ploy to give cover to Israel to carry out new masecre , Israel army and the baby. In great problem, they can't go to Gaza or accept the ceasefire , in the end this cowered army will accept the ceasefire , they have no choices,

10 ) Steve Bush / UK
01/08/2014 17:46
There was no 'ceasefire' as reported above, Israel continued it's bombardment of Gaza in spite of it's much trumpeted 'ceasefire'. Good for Hamas - take the fight to the cowardly Israelis!

11 ) ZZZZZZZZZZZ / ZZZZZ
01/08/2014 18:09
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Hindus side with Israel COme get me not even my computer gotta go

12 ) Lez / New Zealand
02/08/2014 02:15
Israel does not want peace only total rule Ceasefires will interupt their momentum they have to keep the artillary barrage going IDF Troops are not very good at hand to hand urban warfare Hammas would win on an even playing field Also you cannot beat the spirit of a freedom fighter on his own turf Israel give peace a chance. World opinion is going very bad for you Sadly it will be the peace loving Jews that will suffer Just look whats happening in France you are just breeding Antisemetism
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