A wounded Palestinian woman arrives at al-Najar hospital in the southern of Gaza strip, on August 1, 2014.AFP PHOTO/ SAID KHATIB
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U.S. President Barack Obama urged Hamas to show they were serious about wanting a cease-fire Friday and urged the group to release an Israeli soldier reported captured earlier in the day, as Israeli shelling killed at least 62 Palestinians.Intensive shelling killed dozens of people in southern Gaza hours into the truce, which began at 8 a.m. and was due to last 72 hours.Friday's short truce gave brief respite to people in the battered Strip from fighting that has killed more than 1,500 on the Palestinian side, mostly civilians, and 63 Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the other.Kerry had said that once the cease-fire was underway, Israeli and Palestinian representatives, including from Hamas, would begin talks in Cairo on a more durable truce.Before the truce, Israeli tank fire and aerial bombardment killed 14 Palestinians in Gaza, and the army said five soldiers died in mortar fire near the shared border.
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