Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas Sunday to stop fighting and urged the Jewish state to lift its blockade of Gaza.Earlier Sunday an Israeli air strike killed 10 people and wounded about 30 others in a U.N.-run school in the southern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said, as dozens died in Israeli shelling of the enclave and Hamas fired rockets at Israel.Israeli media, on the 27th day of the fighting, reported that most Israeli troops had pulled out of Gaza, and Reuters TV footage showed a column of Israeli tanks and dozens of infantrymen leaving the enclave.Earlier, Israeli shelling killed at least 30 people in Gaza, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to keep up pressure on Hamas even after the army completes its core mission of destroying a tunnel network that extends into Israel.An Israeli army spokeswoman said that so far on Sunday at least 13 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel.Israel has confirmed that 64 soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian rockets have also killed three civilians in Israel.
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