Israel Resumes Airstrikes as Ceasefire Unravels
Truce lasted 6 hours, during which Hamas reportedly fired 50 rockets
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2014 1:41 AM CDT
Updated Jul 15, 2014 7:37 AM CDT
A Palestinian man inspects the rubble from a damaged house this morning following an overnight Israeli missile strike in Gaza City.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – As ceasefires go, Egypt's proposal to halt Israeli-Hamas hostilities didn't appear to actually cease that much fire: Though Israel accepted the plan, which took tenuous hold at 2am Eastern, Hamas rejected it and Israel officially stuck a fork in it this morning after six hours of what it said were about 50 unilateral rocket attacks from Gaza militants. Israel had vowed to hit Hamas hard if it failed to abide by the deal, which Hamas had dismissed as "not worth the ink that it was written with," and an Israeli military spokesman tells the AP that the military has "resumed operational activities." CNN reports that its crew has seen at least five airstrikes since Israel ended the truce.

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Jul 15, 2014 8:17 PM CDT
If the Palestinians do nothing they continue to suffer under a highly brutal occupation. If the Palestinians fight back they end up killed and hated. They are in a no-win situation.
Jul 15, 2014 4:22 PM CDT
I am a little disappointed it is taking Israel longer than 24 hours to re-annex Gaza. But at the same time, the delay does show me how she is trying to spare as many civilians as possible. On top of which, I cannot fail to notice she has become intimidated and is playing the US/UN "restraint" game. Israel should face up to the fact that it really doesn't matter if the world officially pretends to like her when de facto, the opposite has always been true. Also, Israel seems not to trust that she is NOT "alone". .Too bad.
Beverly Flynn
Jul 15, 2014 2:35 PM CDT
I am so tired of hearing about these two countries trying to kill each other. They can't even agree to disagree. I don't care who is right or wrong or if neither are. One side thinks they can whip the ass of anyone in the world and the other side wishes death on anyone who doesn't believe as they do. Enough already. No one is going to "win".