Israel resumes pounding Gaza Strip after truce expiry

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Israel has resumed pounding the Gaza Strip, shortly after the expiry of a 72-hour-long truce between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas.

There are still no reports of potential casualties from the renewed attack, which started after the lull expired at 0800 (0500 GMT) on Friday.

The Palestinian resistance is also reported to have started rocket attacks on Israel. Over two dozen rockets have been fired on Israeli cities including Ashkelon, Eshkol and Kivosim. Israeli officials say most rockets have landed in open areas and there have been some interceptions.

The developments came after indirect talks in Cairo failed to extend the ceasefire. A senior Hamas official has said the group would not extend the truce because Israel had not responded to any of the Palestinian demands at the negotiations.

Israeli tanks have started to redeploy to their previous positions during the Gaza war.

Thousands of Palestinians were fleeing their homes east of Gaza City on Friday in fear of Israeli attacks after the truce ended.

The Israeli regime’s 29 days of military attacks against the Gaza Strip, which began on July 8, claimed the lives of nearly 1,900 Palestinians, including more than 400 children, and wounded over 9,500 others.

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