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Palestinians accuse Israel of violating Gaza truce

Israeli soldiers aim hold their weapons during clashes with Palestinians following a protest against the recent Israeli military action over Hamas in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, Aug. 15 , 2014. (AP/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

GAZA CITY, Palestine: The Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza accused Israel Friday of a cross-border shooting in violation of a truce.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said "we have no knowledge of such an incident."

The Palestinian ministry in the coastal territory dominated by Hamas Islamists said Israeli troops shot at houses east of the town of Khan Younis.

The cease-fire, renewed on Thursday for five days after a previous truce expired, has largely halted more than a month of fighting in which 1,945 Palestinians, many of them civilians, 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians in Israel were killed.

The truce got off to a rocky start with Israel launching an air raid early Thursday in response to rocket fire from Gaza in violation of the earlier truce.

There were no reported casualties in any of these incidents.

 

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