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Israel breaks Gaza truce by killing eight-year-old girl
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Gaza99(17).jpgA seven-hour truce, under which Israel was supposed to end its assault on the Gaza Strip, was immediately broken on Monday when the occupation forces bombed a house in Gaza City, killing a child and injuring 30 others.
 
The strike hit a house in the beachfront Shati refugee camp, killing an eight-year-old girl, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.
 
Witnesses and several AFP correspondents reported hearing the whistle of a missile fired from an F16 warplane before it crashed into a house wedged between two tall buildings inside the camp.
 
The strike hit at 10:06 am (0706 GMT) – i.e. six minutes into the truce.
 
With only a narrow alley leading to the house, it was not possible to get rescue equipment to the scene, with a long line of people passing out chunks of rubble by hand.
 
The strike caused the house to pancake, leaving only a very narrow gap for rescuers to get inside, some of whom were bloodying themselves in the effort, he said.
 
From within, they managed to pull the body of a young girl wearing pajamas whose spine appeared to be broken in several places, with rescuers struggling to get her onto a stretcher, he said.
 
Israel announced a temporary ceasefire following an unusually strong censure from Washington at the Israeli shelling Sunday of a UN-run school that killed 10 people.
 
Many of those evacuees have taken shelter in UN-run facilities, including a Rafah school where 10 people were killed in Israeli shelling on Sunday.
 
International outcry crested against the Israelis. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the attack as a "moral outrage and a criminal act" and called for those responsible for the "gross violation of international humanitarian law" to be held accountable.
 
The United States, which backs Israel's terror campaign in Gaza, said it was "appalled" by the "disgraceful shelling" in an apparent attempt to deflect responsibility for its role in 28-day assault.
 
"The calm Israel declared is unilateral and aims to divert attention away from the Israeli massacres. We do not trust such a calm and we urge our people to exercise caution," said Hamas's spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri.
 
Ahead of the truce, Israel early Monday launched further strikes on Gaza, killing at least 16 people, including an Islamic Jihad commander.
 
Health officials in Gaza say 1,837 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, have been killed and more than a quarter of the impoverished enclave's 1.8 million residents displaced. As many as 3,000 Palestinian homes have been destroyed or damaged.
 
Israel has lost 64 soldiers in combat and three civilians to Palestinian cross-border shelling that has emptied many of its southern villages

‘We failed in achieving the aims of Gaza war’
 
Israeli Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said Sunday that the Israeli occupation army had failed in achieving the aims of the Israeli war on Gaza.
 
Speaking to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, he said, "We lost a strategic battle in front of the Gaza Strip."
 
Landau added, "The deterrence power of the Israeli army has eroded dramatically. During the last 26 days, the army carried out air, ground and naval attack against Hamas, but it did not succeed to treat it."
 
The minister said that Israel was hesitant to tackle the issue with Hamas, saying this was a "destructive message for the Israeli deterrence power".
 

Qassam Brigades unveil giant indigenous rifle 
    
Meanwhile, The military wing of the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas released a video footage, unveiling a giant indigenous rifle called Ghoul.
 
According to the al-Qassam Brigades’ statement, the marksman rifle uses 14.5 millimeter rounds and has an effective firing range of 2 kilometers.
 
The marksman rifle is named after Adnan al-Ghoul, a renowned engineer of Qassam Brigades, who was assassinated in a targeted killing by Israel in 2004.
 
Qassam Brigades earlier warned the Israeli regime that its continued occupation of the besieged Gaza Strip would put all its cities "within the targets" of its retaliatory rocket strikes.

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