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Israel resumes Gaza airstrikes
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_Gaza99.jpgIsrael carried out at least four airstrikes against Gaza Tuesday afternoon, resuming raids after a truce that failed to get off the ground.
An AFP correspondent reported one air strike east of Gaza City, and eyewitnesses reported a second in the center of the city.
Witnesses also reported strikes in Nusseirat in central Gaza as well as in the Khan Younis area in the south.
There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.
The raids came shortly after Israel's army announced it was ending a cease-fire it had observed since 0600 GMT under the terms of an Egyptian truce proposal.
The Israeli military earlier denied it launched an airstrike on Gaza following the mid-morning start of an de-escalation period.
However, Hamas police spokesman Eyad Bouzam had reported an Israeli strike Tuesday on an apartment building in northern Gaza.
Hamas had effectively rejected the proposal, saying it was not consulted and would not halt fire without a broad deal that included concessions it has sought.
Hamas fighters fired at least 35 rockets at Israel by early afternoon Tuesday.
More than 190 people have been killed in Gaza over the past week as Israel has waged a relentless air campaign against Hamas militants.
In response, Hamas fighters have fired more than a thousand rockets into Israel where no one has been killed in the current confrontation.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to expand its assault on Gaza Hamas refuses to accept the truce.
"If Hamas doesn't accept the ceasefire proposal -- and that's how it seems at this point in time -- Israel will have all the international legitimacy to broaden its military activity (in Gaza) in order to achieve the necessary quiet," Netanyahu said at a joint news conference in Tel Aviv with visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Hamas said it would not accept a truce that did not include certain provisions, including an end to Israel's eight-year-long siege on Gaza, and the release of Palestinian prisoners rearrested since a 2011 prisoner exchange deal.
Late Monday, the death toll rose above that of the previous major assault by Israel on Gaza in November 2012 which claimed the lives of 177 Palestinians and six Israelis over eight days.
So far, no Israelis have been killed in the week-long fighting in and around Gaza, with only four people seriously injured.
The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said on Sunday, when the toll stood at over 150, that three quarters of the dead were civilians.
And on Monday, a senior UN official said more than a quarter were children.
The bloodiest day so far was Saturday when 56 Gazans were killed.
Kerry urges Hamas to accept cease-fire
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Hamas to accept Egypt's cease-fire proposal to halt fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip.
In a brief statement released by the State Department Tuesday, Kerry welcomed Israel's decision to accept the proposal.
"The Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire and negotiations provides an opportunity to end the violence and restore calm," Kerry said.
Washington announced Monday that it does not believe the military operations launched by Israel on the Gaza Strip amount to "war crimes", Anadolu news agency reported.
White House spokesman, Josh Earnest said during the daily briefing, "We do not see anything like this" in response to a question about the Palestinian accusation against Israel using disproportionate force amounting to war crimes in the attacks against Gaza.
‘Israel is committing state terrorism’
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday stepped up his rhetoric against Israel, accusing the regime of committing "state terrorism" against the Palestinians.
Erdogan said that any normalization in the troubled ties between Israel and Ankara was currently out of the question.
"Israel is continuing to carry out state terrorism in the region. Nobody, except us, tells it to stop," Erdogan told members of his ruling party in parliament, accusing Israel of perpetrating a "massacre" of Palestinians.
"To what extent will the world remain silent to this state terrorism?"
Israel warplanes hit Syria's Golan
Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes struck three administrative and military targets in Syria's Golan at dawn Tuesday, killing two security guards and two women, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"A second strike on another area of Baath City also caused casualties, but we have been unable to confirm the number so far," Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman told AFP.
The air raids came after the Israeli army said a rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, falling on open ground and causing no casualties.
The Israeli army also said it responded with artillery fire at Syrian military posts, but no mention was made of air strikes.
In another development, a rocket fired from Lebanese territory hit Israeli occupied territory on Monday, the Israeli army said, after overnight rocket fire from both Syria and Lebanon.
"At least one rocket fired from Lebanon hit an open area north of Nahariya," a coastal city not far from the Lebanese border, the occupation forces said in a statement.
No casualties or damage were reported, it added.
The occupation forces responded shortly after with artillery fire "towards the launching site" of the rocket, the statement said.
Israelis shocked at Hamas’ drone
Israel was in shock after a drone was launched by Izzaddin Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, on Monday morning. The drone flew from Gaza towards Israel.
Israeli army radio warned the danger this measure taken by Hamas could pose. It noted that the movement could use these drones in the future for offensive missions raiding sensitive Zionist targets, which if hit could result in huge losses of lives and property.
The radio said that the Ashdod port is a highly sensitive area because it hosts petrochemical factories. Any attack that uses water could lead to thousands of casualties.
The radio was dismayed that the Israeli air force, which is flying intensely over Gaza, could not discover the Hamas drone and shoots it down while it was still in Gaza airspace.
The radio was shocked that Hamas had acquired drone technology, pointing out that no Arab countries has developed such an industry.

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