Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza August 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot
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Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians Saturday to halt fire and resume cease-fire talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.Gaza health officials said five people, including two children, were killed in an Israeli strike on a house in central Gaza.It said Gaza militants had fired more than 40 rockets at Israel and no Israeli casualties were reported.Indirect cease-fire talks mediated by Egypt to end the deadly six-week conflict collapsed Tuesday after rockets were fired from Gaza during a truce and Israel responded with air strikes. Hamas has said it will not stop fighting until the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza is lifted.The Israeli military said Palestinian gunmen had fired almost 500 rockets at Israel since the talks broke down and Gaza health officials said 65 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli air strikes since then.
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