Uneasy calm in Gaza Strip after U.N. call for ceasefire

Jul 28, 2014, 7:42 AM EDT
An Israeli soldier sits on a tank on July 28, 2014 near Kafar Azza, Israel. As Israel's operation 'Protective Edge' in Gaza continues, the international community struggles to find a truce agreement.
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There have been sporadic attacks by both Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza amid a relative lull in the violence of recent weeks. There were no Israeli air strikes overnight, though the military fired at targets in Gaza after a rocket hit the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon. Earlier the UN Security Council urged a halt to hostilities to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Israel launched its offensive three weeks ago after a surge in rocket fire. More than 1,030 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 43 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians have been killed. A Thai national in Israel has also died.
Background:
Gaza: Uneasy calm after U.N. ceasefire call [BBC]
U.S.-Israeli tensions rise as hostilities in Gaza subside [Reuters]

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