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Death toll rises in Israeli-Gaza violence

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Death toll rises in Israeli-Gaza violence


The Israeli Government says airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza will continue.

Eighteen people, mainly civilians but also some militants, have been killed in Gaza since the strikes began after an attack on an Israeli school bus on Thursday which wounded a teenage boy.

Since then Israel has carried out more than 20 raids on Gaza, claiming that they are targeting militants, and blaming civilian deaths on Hamas, who it says are using people as human shields.

Meanwhile on Saturday morning Palestinian militants fired upto thirty rockets and mortars into southern Israel. Upto fifty were fired on Friday.

It is thought many were intercepted by Israel’s new Iron Dome defence system.

Saturday’s strikes came just hours after Hamas, who govern the Gaza strip, said it had brokered a deal for militants to stop attacking Israel, if Israel also stopped firing.

That deal would now appear to be meaningless.

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