Israel, Hamas trade fire as Gaza death toll mounts

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Cross-border attacks continue between Israel and Hamas.  Egyptian-brokered talks are now on hold, after an Israeli team refusds to rejoin negotiations. Noor Harazeen reports from Gaza.

Israel, Hamas trade fire as Gaza death toll mounts

Israel, Hamas trade fire as Gaza death toll mounts

Cross-border attacks continue between Israel and Hamas. While Egyptian-brokered talks are now on hold, after an Israeli team refuses to rejoin negotiations. Noor Harazeen reports more from Gaza.

The Israeli forces resumed its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Saturday, leaving five Palestinians killed and dozens injured.  A series of aerial strikes overnight targeted homes, mosques and a motorcycle on the second day after the end of a 72-hour cease-fire.

The strikes, come as negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli delegations stalled, despite reports Friday that both sides were close to an agreement.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad and PLO officials have insisted on the Palestinian demands,  which include Israel end its eight year siege on the costal enclave, the re-opening of a seaport and airport in Gaza.

Despite withdrawing all its troops from Gaza by the time the truce began on Tuesday, Israel has retained forces along the border, ready to respond to any resumption of fighting.

Egypt, which is mediating between the Israelis and Palestinians, insisted negotiations were making progress. Both Palestinian and Israeli sides are denying any agreements, leaving the people of Gaza confused and puzzled.