Three Israeli soldiers and at least 20 Palestinians were killed today as Israeli attacks rocked the Gaza Strip, the AP reports. Fadel Shana, a Reuters cameraman, was among the dead in fighting that undermined an Egyptian-negotiated peace effort and saw the highest death toll in a month.
In one of the attacks, an Israeli helicopter fired missiles at a refugee camp, killing at least 12. The Reuters cameraman was later killed by a missile strike while filming in the same area. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas urged a halt to the "bloody cycle of violence," advice rejected by a Hamas spokesman.