Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Israel approved an Egyptian-proposed deal that would halt the week-old Gaza shelling war Tuesday but Hamas responded cautiously, saying it had not been consulted by Cairo.Israel said there had been two cross-border launches overnight that caused no damage and that it had bombed 25 sites in Gaza.In what may have been an effort to upstage Cairo's mediation, three rockets were launched from the Egyptian Sinai at the southern Israeli resort of Eilat, wounding four people, Israeli officials said. They said the salvo was likely fired by Islamist fighters hostile to Israel and the Egyptian government. Hours before the proposal was announced, Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Tel Aviv after a 24-hour lull, while Israel kept up its strikes in the Gaza Strip and deployed infantry and armour along the frontier.Israel had mobilized tens of thousands of troops for a threatened Gaza invasion if the rocket salvoes persisted. Late Monday, Israel bombed the house of Marwan Issa, a top commander of Hamas' armed wing, in Bureij refugee camp.Hamas leaders have said a cease-fire must include an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza and a recommitment to a truce reached in an eight-day war there in 2012 .
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