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Ceasefire declarations fail to halt Gaza bloodshed

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Ceasefire declarations fail to halt Gaza bloodshed


Israel’s military has released footage purporting to show rockets being fired from a school in Gaza.

On a day in which ceasefire declarations by both sides failed to halt the violence, Israel again argued that Hamas is using civilians as human shields.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out on US television in the wake of outrage over the deadly shelling of a UN-run school.

“The Secretary General of the United Nations, before this incident took place, said that, admitted that, two UN schools in Gaza were used to stockpile rockets,” he told CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ programme.

“But the important thing to understand is the reason we have civilians killed is not because Israel targeted civilians but because Hamas is using civilians as human shields. We use missiles to protect our people. They use people to protect their missiles.”

A rocket attack on a kibbutz in southern Israel injured at least one person on Sunday, a day on which Hamas announced a 24 hour ceasefire.

An earlier Israeli truce was rejected by the Islamist group, prompting Israel to resume its military onslaught.

It has claimed over 1,000 Palestinian lives, mainly civilians. Some 43 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel have been killed.

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