Hamas ends ceasefire with the usual bang

Hamas ends ceasefire with the usual bang

[Ed. – Three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel about an hour ago.]

Hamas has rejected a temporary extension to the humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza as the number of Palestinian dead topped 1,000.

Israel agreed to extend the 12-hour truce until midnight (10pm UK time) – but its military said three rockets were fired from Gaza as night fell.

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri sent a text message to reporters saying: “No agreement to extending the calm for an additional four hours.”

The resumption of fighting came as world leaders continue their attempt to thrash out a wider ceasefire in Paris.

The truce held for the original 12 hours…

US Secretary of State John Kerry remains “confident progress can be made” on a seven-day truce that would “bring people together to create a more durable plan.”

However, on Friday evening Israel’s defence minister told troops: “You need to be ready for the possibility that very soon we will instruct the military to significantly broaden the ground operation in Gaza.”

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