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Israel and Hamas blame each other for broken ceasefire

Israel and Hamas blame each other for broken ceasefire
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Israel and Hamas have accused each other of breaking a ceasefire that lasted just a couple of hours.

The truce, agreed by both sides, started at 8.00 am local time on Friday and was due to last 72 hours. Less than three hours later at least 27 Palestinians were killed by Israeli tanks firing shells into eastern Rafah. Meanwhile, sirens sounded in Israel’s Eshkol region, meaning rockets had been fired from Gaza.

The Israeli army also announced that one of its soldiers is thought to have been abducted in Gaza.

Palestinian and Israeli delegations are still expected to be heading to Cairo for peace talks this weekend.

The death toll of Palestinians – now almost 1,500 – has overtaken the number killed during Israel’s 2009 offensive in Gaza. More than 60 Israeli soldiers have been killed, as well as three civilians killed by rockets fired from Gaza.