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Israel - Gaza ceasefire ends after overnight attacks

ISRAEL resumed air strikes on Gaza overnight yesterday after a series of rockets were launched by militants in the city.

The mutual attacks cut off the already fragile ceasefire less than a day after they were agreed on Thursday morning.

Israel claimed victory in its latest battle against Islamic Jihad, but its tactics of carrying out air strikes on homes suspected of harbouring militants have seen a death toll of 34 people this week, including two seven-year-old boys, a two-year-old and a three-year-old.

Military spokesman Jonathan Conricus rejected any criticism, claiming that their operations were “very accurate, very deliberate” and based on “the highest level of intelligence” they have.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a group of Israeli soldiers to congratulate them on what he called a successful mission.

He said: “Our enemies got the message. We can reach anyone, even in their beds.”

Human Rights Watch country director Omar Shakir warned that international law permits such air strikes if damage to civilians is “proportional” to military gain.

Mr Shakir said: “Too often civilians pay the price for political brinkmanship by states and armed groups.”

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