Gaza Cease-Fire Fails, Rockets Fired

GAZA CITY — Israel's military resumed its operations in Gaza on Friday, as a fragile truce between Israel and Hamas collapsed with both sides accusing the other of breaching a planned 72-hour agreement just a few hours after it started.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the cease-fire to collapse but Gazan Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra told The Associated Press that more than 100 Palestinians were wounded as a result of Israeli shelling on Friday.

Israel's military said the shelling was in response to rocket fire from Hamas militants. There were also fears that a missing Israeli soldier may have been kidnapped by Gaza militants.

The cease-fire — for humanitarian purposes — was due to last three days.

"Once again, Hamas and the terror organizations in Gaza have blatantly broken the cease-fire to which they committed," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement. There was no immediate comment from Hamas.

More than 1,450 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed since the conflict began on July 8, mostly civilians. Israel says 56 of its soldiers have died along with three civilians.


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