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Deadly Gaza conflict reignites as Egypt urges new truce

Published on Aug 9, 2014 6:25 AM
 
A Palestinian man stands looking at destroyed buildings in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Aug 8, 2014. Israeli warplanes on Friday pounded targets across Gaza, killing at least five Palestinians, and militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel after attempts to extend a three-day truce stalled. -- PHOTO: AFP

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Israeli warplanes on Friday pounded targets across Gaza, killing at least five Palestinians, and militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel after attempts to extend a three-day truce stalled.

The month-long conflict flared once again after mediators tried but failed to extend a ceasefire that expired at 0500 GMT (1pm Singapore time) as Palestinian militants shattered the quiet with pre-dawn rocket attacks.

But the United States said it still hoped that the situation could be retrieved and that a new ceasefire could be in place soon.

"Our hope is that the parties will agree to an extension of the ceasefire in the coming hours," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

 
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