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© Saïd Khatib, AFP I Smoke curls into the air after Israeli bombardments on the Gaza Strip on August 1, 2014.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-01

Several hours after the start of a three-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Friday, the Israeli army announced that the truce was over and military operations were in progress on the ground.

  • A three-day ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that was set to begin Friday morning quickly deteriorated as new violence erupted in the Gaza Strip.
  • US President Barack Obama said that more must be done to protect Palestinian civilians and called for the release of a missing Israeli soldier feared kidnapped if Hamas wants to halt the conflict. "If they are serious about trying to resolve this situation, that soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible," Obama told a news conference.
  • The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on the southern city of Rafah reached 62 on Friday, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. The toll from 25 days of conflict is now at least 1,555 Palestinians killed, Gaza officials said. Israel says 63 of its soldiers and three civilians have also been killed.
  • Israel is taking enormous precautions to safeguard civilians in Gaza but Hamas continues to put civilians in harm’s way, the Israeli ambassador to the US told FRANCE 24 in an exclusive interview. “Israel is doing more than any country faced with similar circumstances would do," Ambassador Ron Dermer said.

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Date created : 2014-08-01

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