Gaza toll hits 197 as truce bid fails

Palestinian men inspect their destroyed house following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 15, 2014The death toll from Israel’s week-long campaign in Gaza rose Tuesday to 197, as three Palestinians were killed in renewed strikes after an Egyptian truce bid failed. Israel’s first fatality in the war was also reported, with a man killed by rocket fire from Gaza near the Erez border crossing. Gaza emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said two Palestinians were killed in a car in southern Rafah and a third man was killed in central Johr al-Deek. The three new deaths brought the toll in eight days of violence in Gaza to 197.

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