GAZA, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Both sides blame the other as a proposed cease-fire between Israeli and Hamas forces in Gaza collapsed Friday morning within two hours of going into effect.
At least 40 people are confirmed dead and 150 injured after both sides exchanged fire shortly after agreeing to an unconditional humanitarian cease-fire beginning at 1 a.m. ET on Friday.
Israel says the latest round of fighting comes after Hamas launched eight rockets and mortars, all either intercepted or landing in unpopulated areas, prompting Israel Defense Forces launch air strikes on the city of Rafah near the Israel/Egypt border and resume full operations in the Gaza Strip.
IDF forces are also searching for a missing Israeli solider, believed to be captured by Hamas militants.