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Jul 27, 2014 11:21 AM by Associated Press

Rocket fire resumes after truce

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) - International efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war are still meeting with failure.

After a humanitarian truce on Saturday, Hamas resumed rocket fire at Israel -- after rejecting an Israeli offer to extend the cease-fire.

Despite that rejection, Israel's Cabinet said it would extend the truce for 24 hours, but that it would respond to any fire from Gaza. And Israel says it will continue to demolish Hamas military tunnels.

Secretary of State John Kerry had hoped to transform Saturday's temporary lull in fighting into a more sustainable truce.

But a spokesman for Hamas has declared that any truce with Israel must include a withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza. He also says that tens of thousands of displaced people must be allowed to return to their homes

A Palestinian health official says that during a lull in the Gaza fighting Saturday, medics were allowed to collect close to 150 bodies. He says the number of Palestinians killed in the 19-day war has reached 1,047, while more than 6,000 were wounded.


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