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Israeli strikes resume after brief Gaza calm

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Israel has resumed air strikes on the Gaza Strip six hours after agreeing to an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire that was not formally accepted by the Palestinian group Hamas.

Fresh air strikes were launched on Gaza at around 12:00GMT on Tuesday after Hamas fired nearly 50 rockets at Israel since 9am, the Israeli army said. “We have resumed our operation against Hamas,” the army tweeted.

The Israeli cabinet approved a ceasefire proposal from Egypt on Tuesday morning, which would have put an end to the week-long conflict that has killed 192 Palestinians and injured almost 1,400 others in the Palestinian enclave.

At least 10 Israelis have been injured by rockets fired from Gaza, and no Israeli fatalities have been recorded.

Hamas official Mushir al-Massri told Al Jazeera that the group was never consulted in the formulation of the ceasefire and only learned about it from media reports.

He said that Hamas rejected the proposal “in style because no body consulted with us in formatting it, [and] in content because its articles are a free service to the [Israeli] occupation”.

Meanwhile, Abu Ahmed, a spokesperson for the military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, said that the group didn’t “accept a calm for calm agreement”. Al Jazeera


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