Israel violates Gaza ceasefire, carries out airstrikes

Israel violates Gaza ceasefire, carries out airstrikes
Thu Aug 14, 2014 09:31:19

The Israeli regime’s aircrafts have carried out airstrikes across Gaza shortly after a new ceasefire brokered by Egypt came into effect, officials say.

An official at the Palestinian interior ministry reported four airstrikes over open ground about 30 minutes into the extension of a new truce early Thursday, which the Palestinians announced would last for five days.

The Tel Aviv regime claimed the attacks were launched in response to rockets fired from the besieged Gaza Strip.

Earlier in the day, Israeli media claimed that Palestinian resistance movement Hamas violated the truce by firing several rockets into Israel, an allegation Hamas denied.

Later Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum reacted to Tel Aviv’s new airstrikes, saying the regime would suffer from the consequences.

The strikes hit several places in Gaza, including Khan Yunis in the south.

The truce was extended for five more days in the besieged sliver as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators continued talks to reach a long-term deal in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Israeli warplanes have been carrying out incessant airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 8.

Nearly 1,960 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have lost their lives and at least 10,100 have been injured despite pressure from the international community on the Tel Aviv regime to end the military aggression.


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