Israel continues with air strikes in Gaza following truce extension
Palestinian men sit near a tent in Beit Hanoun after their neighborhood was completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes, August 12, 2014 (File/AFP)
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The Israeli regime has carried out four air strikes against Gaza shortly after the extension of a temporary truce to five more days.
On Wednesday, Tel Aviv claimed the attacks were launched in response to rockets fired from the besieged Gaza Strip.
Earlier in the day, Israeli media claimed that Palestinian resistance movement Hamas violated the truce by firing several rockets into Israel, an allegation Hamas denied.
Later Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum reacted to Tel Aviv’s new airstrikes, saying the regime would suffer from the consequences.
The strikes hit several places in Gaza, including Khan Yunis in the south.
The truce was extended for five more days in the besieged sliver as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators continued talks to reach a long-term deal in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Israeli war planes have been carrying out incessant airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip since July 8.
Nearly 1,960 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have lost their lives and at least 10,100 have been injured despite pressure from the international community on the Tel Aviv regime to end the military aggression.
Moreover, nearly 400,000 Palestinian children are in immediate need of psychological help due to “catastrophic and tragic impact” of the Israeli war, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
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