A Palestinian man is comforted as he mourns the death of his relative, who medics said was killed by an Israeli airstrike, at a hospital morgue in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)
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Violence reverberated across Gaza Monday with at least eight Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes as Egypt proposed a new cease-fire that would open key crossings into the blockaded territory.Since an earlier truce collapsed on August 19, the death toll in Gaza has risen steadily with 109 Palestinians killed in more than 350 Israeli airstrikes across the territory.Over the same period, more than 650 rockets have struck Israeli territory, one of which killed a 4-year-old boy over the weekend, army figures show. Since midnight Sunday, 30 Israeli strikes have killed eight Palestinians, including a woman, a 78-year-old man and a three-year-old boy, raising the Gaza death toll to 2,131 .On the Israeli side, 68 people have been killed, the vast majority soldiers.On Monday, 71 rockets fired from Gaza struck the Israeli south, while another nine were shot down, the army said.Another Palestinian official said Egypt might invite Palestinian and Israeli negotiating teams to return to Cairo within 48 hours.
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