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Mideast tensions erupt over Gaza killings

Mideast tensions erupt over Gaza killings
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There is renewed tension on the frontier between Israel and the Gaza Strip after a flare-up of violence over the weekend.

Hundreds of Palestinians attended the funeral of a militant who died in an Israeli air strike on Sunday.

At least ten militants and an Israeli civilian were killed in the exchange of rockets and air strikes.

A spokesman for the military wing of Islamic Jihad blamed rogue elements within the Israeli army for breaking the truce. He also threatened to respond in kind if there’s a repeat.

The violence erupted when a rocket fell harmlessly near a Tel Aviv suburb on Wednesday night.

The head of Israel’s Defence and Foreign Affairs Committee, Shaul Mofaz, called for decisive action against Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

“The blow Israel needs to give to organisations in the Gaza Strip must be determined and firm in order to prevent further shootings of Israeli citizens,” said Mofaz.

Despite this being the worst bloodshed in months, both sides have indicated they are interesting in restoring calm. Egyptian officials say they are confident of getting both sides to agree a new ceasefire.

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