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Israeli airstrikes target northern Gaza

Aug. 19, 2014 5:40 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2014 1:13 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes targeted an open area in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, after the army reported three rockets fired from the coastal enclave.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

Another airstrike targeted al-Mughazi in central Gaza and an open area in Deir al-Balah.

The strikes came after Israel announced that three rockets from Gaza hit Ashkelon and Beersheva.

In an emailed statement, army spokesman Peter Lerner confirmed the attacks.

"Yet again, terrorists breach the ceasefire and renew fire at Israeli civilians from Hamas ruled Gaza Strip. This continued aggression will be addressed accordingly by the IDF; we will continue striking terror infrastructure, pursuing terrorists, and eliminating terror capabilities in the Gaza Strip, in order to restore security for the State of Israel," he said.

A new 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza will last until midnight on Tuesday under a last-minute deal reached in Cairo on Monday night.

Egyptian mediators have been pushing both sides to put a decisive end to weeks of bloodshed in Gaza, which has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.

But few details have emerged of the state of the negotiations given the apparently irreconcilable demands of the two sides.
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