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Gaza rockets hit Israel as truce unravels

Published on Aug 8, 2014 12:24 PM
Residents gather next to the rubble of a destroyed building in the devastated neighbourhood of Shejaiya in Gaza City on Aug 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Two rockets fired by Gaza militants slammed into southern Israel before dawn on Friday, as a 72-hour truce appeared to be reaching an end.

And two senior Hamas officials said the Palestinian militant movement would not extend a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza that expires at 0500 GMT (1pm Singapore time) on Friday, accusing Israel of rejecting their demands for a truce.

A leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a smaller faction in Gaza that is also present in Cairo-mediated truce talks, confirmed the factions had decided not to extend the ceasefire.

Israel had said earlier it was ready to "indefinitely" extend the ceasefire.

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