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Iran Press TV

Gaza conflict begins after temporary ceasefire

Iran Press TV

Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:0PM GMT

Israel and the Palestinian resistance groups have begun trading fire again after a temporary ceasefire to halt the recent military conflict in the Gaza Strip ended.

Palestinian fighters fired several rockets at the Israeli cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon on Thursday as the UN-requested truce ended. Israel also struck a crossing in the besieged enclave.

The five-hour ceasefire, which ended at 1200 GMT, came into effect earlier in the day to allow UN humanitarian aid to enter the besieged Gaza Strip.

The breakthrough gave Gazans a chance to leave homes and collect supplies or even pick up belongings from homes that they had evacuated.

Israeli warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip and killed five people right before the temporary truce came into effect.

The Israeli regime had killed at least 231 people and injured 1,700 others as part of military operations it launched against Gaza ten days ago. About a third of the Palestinian fatalities are women and children.

Since July 8, the Israeli military has targeted more than 1,800 targets across Gaza, which is home to around 1.8 million Palestinians living under blockade.

Hamas has been responding to the full force Israeli attacks by firing rockets into Israel.

Meanwhile, the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem has slammed as illegal and unfounded an interpretation presented by an Israeli army spokesman who has said that the neighboring houses of Palestinians suspected of carrying out military activities were considered to be legitimate targets of attacks.

Israel has blockaded Gaza since 2007, denying the Palestinian people there their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

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