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At least 40 dead in Israeli shelling in Gaza Strip - hospital

Source: Reuters - Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:41 GMT
Author: Reuters
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(Updates death toll)

GAZA, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Israeli shelling near the southern Gaza town of Rafah killed at least 40 people on Friday, the local hospital said, as a ceasefire that went into effect only hours earlier crumbled.

Israel accused Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups of violating the U.S.- and U.N.-mediated truce, but did not elaborate, amid Israeli media reports that gunmen had fired at Israeli soldiers in the Rafah area.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Giles Elgood)

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