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Gaza rocket halts Israel flights as foes resist truce efforts

Published on Jul 23, 2014 12:02 PM
 
A departure time flight board displays various cancellations as passengers stand nearby at Ben Gurion International airport in Tel Aviv on July 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Airlines blocked flights to Israel on Wednesday after a Gaza rocket struck near airport runways, as the United Nations chief urged an end to a conflict that has killed 639 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.

As the violence entered its 16th day, neither Israel or Islamist movement Hamas appeared willing to end hostilities, despite days of diplomatic efforts to coax them into a truce.

Palestinian emergency services said that at least six people were killed early Wednesday during prolonged shelling of the southern town of Khan Yunis and 20 more were wounded, most of them seriously.

Two more were killed by Israeli fire in the north of the Strip they said.

 
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