Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Israel and Hamas exchanged fire Tuesday, throwing into disarray an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire meant to end eight days of fighting. Israel initially accepted the proposal while Hamas rejected it. Hamas lobbed more than 50 rockets at Israel in the six hours after the suggested period began Tuesday, before Israel resumed its offensive.Israel rounded up hundreds of Hamas operatives in its broad sweep of the occupied West Bank last month during a search for three missing Israeli teens, whose bodies were found more than two weeks after they disappeared.Hamas has expanded its arsenal of rockets, which can now reach deeper into Israel than ever before, striking not only at Israel's cultural and economic heartland Tel Aviv, but also as far north as the outskirts of Haifa, more than 160 kilometers from Gaza. While the rockets have caused no deaths in the latest bout of fighting, they have disrupted life for millions of Israelis and long traumatized those closest to the Gaza Strip.
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