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Israel’s missile strikes kill 20 Palestinians after truce disruption

August 20, 2014, 17:30 UTC+3 CAIRO
Hamas representatives have also accused Israel of breaching the ceasefire and providing false evidence of a rocket attack on the Israeli towns of Beersheba and Netivot
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CAIRO, August 20./ITAR-TASS/. Israel’s new missile strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed 20 Palestinians after truce was disrupted in the enclave on Tuesday afternoon, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported on Wednesday.

Israel has been delivering missile strikes against Gaza since Tuesday evening, mostly targeting the populated areas of Deir al-Balah and Beit Lahia, as well as districts in Gaza City.

The Israeli army’s bombing of the Zeitoun residential quarter in eastern Gaza has killed a two-year-old girl after a missile hit a food store located near a mosque.

Mousa Abu Marzook, a leader of the Hamas radical Islamist group, said that the wife and a child of Mohammed Deif who heads Hamas’ military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, were among those killed by Israeli strikes.

Hamas representatives have also accused Israel of breaching the ceasefire and providing false evidence of a rocket attack on the Israeli towns of Beersheba and Netivot, which made Israel recall its delegation from the talks in Cairo and resume strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian radicals have fired 70 rockets at Israel over the past 18 hours after truce was disrupted in the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported on Wednesday.

The Israeli army has retaliated by destroying over 60 targets in the Palestinian enclave, the IDF said.

The Israeli army has sent mobilization orders to 2,000 Israeli reservists, resuming a call-up of citizens who were allowed ten days ago to return home after Israel and Palestinian militants started a series of indirect negotiations on a long-term truce in the Gaza Strip. Consultations were held in the Egyptian capital of Cairo and were disrupted after a rocket attack on the Israeli territory on Tuesday.

Infographics Missile attack on Israel Missile attack on Israel
As of July 11, Palestinian radicals from the Gaza Strip have fired over 550 missiles at Israel. Infographics ITAR TASS
Over 2,000 Palestinians have been killed and another 10,000 wounded since Israel launched its Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip on July 8 in response to rocket attacks by Hamas militants on its territory. The Israeli army lost 64 soldiers and officers. Another three Israelis were killed in Palestinian militants’ rocket attacks on Israel.

Palestinian militants from Hamas’ military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, have shelled an Israeli gas rig in the Mediterranean Sea, the Al Jazeera TV Channel reported on Wednesday. There have been no reports yet on any damage or casualties as a result of the shelling.

This is the first time that Hamas militants have shelled an Israeli sea-based gas extraction and processing facility located off the Gaza Strip.

Militants of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades earlier targeted only ground facilities on the territory of Israel with rocket and mortar fire.

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