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Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Reporter: Michal Bardavid 丨 CCTV.com

08-20-2014 08:22 BJT

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GAZA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets' airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, medics said.

An Israeli Merkava tank rolls in southern Israel bordering the Gaza Strip, on Aug. 19, 2014. Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza City on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, medics said. (Xinhua/JINI/Ilan Asayaag)

An Israeli Merkava tank rolls in southern Israel bordering the Gaza Strip, on Aug. 19, 2014.  (Xinhua/JINI/Ilan Asayaag)

Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza health ministry spokesman, told reporters that three Palestinians were killed, including a child and a woman and around 40 wounded in an airstrike on al-Dalou family house in northwest Gaza city.

He added that eight Palestinians were injured earlier on Tuesday afternoon in Israeli war jets airstrikes on northern, central and southern Gaza Strip.

Earlier, eyewitnesses said Israeli war jets carried out a series of intensive airstrikes on several areas in Gaza city on Tuesday night, including a house, killing one child and wounding at least 40 people.

Meanwhile, al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas armed wing said in a text message that its militants fired on Tuesday night several rockets on Tel Aviv into Israel, in response to the Israeli airstrike.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said that Hamas wasn't responsible for the four rockets were fired earlier on Tuesday afternoon from Gaza into Israel.

Izzat al-Resheq, a senior Hamas leader and member of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo for the ceasefire talks said in a press statement that he ruled out the possibility of reaching an agreement on Tuesday.

"The Egyptian mediator waits for an answer from the enemy ( Israel) to the Palestinian demands. The ceasefire was extended for 24 hours and will end by midnight, and I believe that Israel won't give an answer before midnight," he said.

Meanwhile, Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman of Hamas movement in Gaza, said in an emailed press statement that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is intentionally acting on the failure of the ceasefire agreement talks.

"Therefore, the Palestinian resistance is studying all possible options," said Barhoum, referring to the end of the ceasefire by midnight without either extending it or reaching any new agreement.

With the fights been picked up again, the Cairo talks seem to have been left in disarray as Israel has ordered to called back its negotiators in the Egyptian capital.

"The Cairo talks were based on an agreed premise of a total cessation of hostilities,'' Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said, adding that "When Hamas breaks the cease-fire, they also break the premise for the Cairo talks. Accordingly, the Israeli team has been called back as a result of today's rocket fire.''

Israel has launched on July 8 a large-scale ground and air offensive on the Gaza Strip to rein on Gaza militants and stop rockets firing into Israel. Around 2,018 Palestinians and 68 Israelis were killed and more than 10,000 wounded so far.

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