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Gaza violence: Hamas executes 'collaborators,' Israeli child killed

Published on Aug 23, 2014 6:36 AM

GAZA CITY, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (AFP) - Hamas executed 18 alleged collaborators in Gaza City on Friday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed harsh retribution for the killing of a four-year-old boy by Palestinian mortar fire.

The escalating bloodshed has seen another 76 Palestinians die in Gaza and wounded nine Israeli civilians, one of them critically, since hostilities resumed on Tuesday after the collapse of truce talks and nine days of calm.

European governments are now seeking UN action to find a durable ceasefire after Egyptian diplomacy failed to end the worst fighting in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2000-2005 second intifada.

Israel has vowed no let-up until it can guarantee the safety of its civilians, and Hamas insists that Israel end an eight-year blockade on the tiny, over-populated Palestinian coastal enclave it controls.

A woman holds her daughter next to a synagogue that was damaged by a rocket in the southern city of Ashdod on Aug 22, 2014. A mortar bomb fired from Gaza killed a four-year-old Israeli boy, in a border collective farm on Friday, Israeli security sources said, the first Israeli child killed in the conflict. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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