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Children killed on beach as Israel resumes Gaza bombardment, with 214 Palestinians dead

Published on Jul 17, 2014 12:06 AM

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Israel intensified its bombardment of Gaza on Wednesday, killing four Palestinian children when its navy shelled a beach and launching deadly air strikes, as regional leaders sought fresh ways to end the confrontation.

The punishing air campaign aimed at halting cross-border rocket fire by Hamas militants resumed after Egyptian-brokered truce efforts collapsed on Tuesday.

So far, Israel's campaign, now in its ninth day, has killed 214 Palestinians, with a Gaza-based rights group saying over 80 per cent of them were civilians.

In the same period, militants have fired more than 1,200 rockets at Israel, which on Tuesday claimed their first Israeli life. Hamas said it had rejected the Egyptian truce efforts because it had not been included in the discussions.

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