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Over 60 dead as Israel batters Gaza's Shejaiya

Published on Jul 20, 2014 9:31 PM
 

GAZA (AFP) - More than 60 Palestinians were killed Sunday as Israeli forces pounded northern Gaza, sending thousands more fleeing in terror in the deadliest assault on the enclave in five years.

Sunday's bloody toll prompted urgent efforts by the International Committee of the Red Cross to broker a temporary ceasefire to allow paramedics to evacuate the dead and wounded in a deal accepted by both sides.

Inside the ravaged neighbourhood, there were hellish scenes of carnage and chaos as a convoy of ambulances rushed in to make the most of the calm, an AFP correspondent said.

But it lasted less than an hour, with Israel accusing Hamas militants of firing in violation of the agreement, and saying its forces were "responding accordingly."

Smoke rises during the ongoing Israeli military offensive on the Shejaiya neighborhood between Gaza City and the Israeli border on July 20, 2014. More than 60 Palestinians were killed Sunday as Israeli forces pounded northern Gaza, sending thousands more fleeing in terror in the deadliest assault on the enclave in five years. -- PHOTO: AFP 
 
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