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Gaza toll tops 200 day after ceasefire fails

Tel Aviv - The number of dead in the conflict in Gaza reached more than 200, a Palestinian official said Wednesday, as cross-border attacks continued with rockets from militants in the Gaza Strip and air strikes from the Israeli military.

Palestinian armed groups on Tuesday rejected an truce proposed by Egypt, prompting Israel to warn that it would intensify a deadly offensive aimed at curbing rocket attacks.

Israeli warplanes bombed targets throughout the Gaza Strip about every 10 minutes, killing at least 10 Palestinians since the strikes resumed late Tuesday afternoon.

The bombed targets included what Israel said were groups of militants firing rockets and houses of militants and Hamas leaders, including, witnesses said, that of former foreign minister Mahmoud al-Zahar.

The death toll in the Gaza Strip topped 203, with 1,520 injured, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said.

DPA


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