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Gaza truce collapses as 40 Palestinians killed in Israel attack, say medics

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Gaza truce collapses as 40 Palestinians killed in Israel attack, say medics

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Israeli shelling has killed at least 40 Palestinians near the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Friday, according to hospital sources there, as the latest Middle East ceasefire collapsed just hours after it began.

Israel accused Hamas and other militant groups of violating the 72-hour truce. The claims came amid Israeli media reports that gunmen had fired at Israeli soldiers in the Rafah area.

The US- and UN-mediated truce had been seen as the most ambitious move yet to end more than three weeks of fighting.