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Israel renews Gaza shelling, killing 30, as Hamas delegation arrives in Cairo for talks

Published on Aug 3, 2014 4:19 PM
 
A Palestinian woman walks past destroyed buildings in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on Aug 3, 2014 as the Israeli-Hamas conflict enters its 27th day in the besieged territory. Renewed Israeli shelling killed at least 30 people in Gaza on Sunday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to keep up pressure on Hamas even after the army completes its core mission of destroying a tunnel network that extends into Israel. -- PHOTO: AFP

GAZA/JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Renewed Israeli shelling killed at least 30 people in Gaza on Sunday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to keep up pressure on Hamas even after the army completes its core mission of destroying a tunnel network that extends into Israel.

Meanwhile, a delegation of members from Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad arrived in Cairo on Sunday for indirect ceasefire talks with Israel, to be conducted through Egyptian and US officials, Egyptian sources said.

Israel declared dead a soldier feared abducted by Hamas militants and repositioned its troops in the Gaza Strip, telling many residents they could return home after entire neighbourhoods were devastated in nearly a month of fighting.

In Cairo, a Palestinian delegation arrived for new truce talks. Turning its back on those negotiations after previous attempts to end the conflict failed, Israel said it would not send envoys as scheduled.

 
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