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Israeli military denies air strike on Gaza after mid morning ceasefire

Published 15/07/2014 | 12:56

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An Israeli soldier clears debris at the scene after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in Ashdod July 15, 2014
An Israeli soldier clears debris at the scene after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in Ashdod July 15, 2014

The Israeli military has denied it launched an air strike on Gaza following the mid-morning start of an Egyptian-proposed de-escalation period.

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Hamas police spokesman Eyad Bouzam had reported an Israeli strike on an apartment building in northern Gaza today.

Israeli soldiers sleep on the ground next to an armoured personnel carrier (APC) outside the Gaza Strip July 15, 2014
Israeli soldiers sleep on the ground next to an armoured personnel carrier (APC) outside the Gaza Strip July 15, 2014

The de-escalation period is to lead to detailed ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas and end a week of fighting that has killed more than 190 Palestinians and exposed millions of Israelis to rocket fire from Gaza.

Hamas rejected the Egyptian plan and Gaza militants fired at least 35 rockets at Israel by early afternoon today.

Israel accepted the truce plan but said it would hit Gaza hard if Hamas rejects the deal.

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