London, July 27 ANI | 5 months ago

Israel has resumed its ground, air and naval offensive in Gaza after Hamas militants refused to observe an extended ceasefire and fired rockets over the border.

On the request of the UN, Israel had agreed to a 24-hour pause, but warned that it would retaliate in case Hamas breached it.

However, Hamas militants refused to accept a truce unless Israeli troops retreated from Gaza and allowed the displaced to return home.

Israel's military said in a statement on Sunday morning that following Hamas' incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population in Gaza, the IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, Hamas has claimed that Israel violated ceasefire agreement during the Saturday truce. It also accused Israel of using the truce period to prepare for launching more attacks on Gaza.

The health ministry in Gaza has said that at least 1,033 civilians in Gaza have been killed and about 5,900 have been injured since Israel launched an offensive against Gaza 19 days ago.

(Posted on 27-07-2014)

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