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At least 40 dead in Israeli shelling in Gaza Strip

Smoke billows following an Israeli military strike east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ SAID KHATIB

GAZA: Israeli shelling near the southern Gaza town of Rafah killed at least 40 people Friday, the local hospital said, as a cease-fire that went into effect only hours earlier crumbled.

Israel accused Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups of violating the U.S.- and U.N.-mediated truce, but did not elaborate, amid Israeli media reports that gunmen had fired at Israeli soldiers in the Rafah area.

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