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FILE - In this July 20, 2014 file photo, an Israeli attack helicopter shoots flares near the Israel and Gaza border. When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)
Smoke rises after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana))
Smoke rises after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke and debris rise after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, foreground center, arrives for the talk with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovf in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Erekat's visit to Moscow is part of an effort to gain international support as Palestinian negotiators in Cairo try to hammer out a deal with Israel on the future of the war-torn Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, shakes hands with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, right, prior to their talks in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Erekat's visit to Moscow is part of an effort to gain international support as Palestinian negotiators in Cairo try to hammer out a deal with Israel on the future of the war-torn Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A Palestinian inspects the damaged house of Amer Abu Aisheh, one of three Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Monday, Aug. 18 , 2014. Troops also demolished the home of another militant suspected in the abduction and killing of the teens, whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A Palestinian protester throws a glass bottle at Israeli soldiers during clashes, following a protest against the Israeli military action over Hamas in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, Aug. 15 , 2014. Israel and Hamas are now observing a five-day temporary cease-fire in an attempt to allow indirect talks in Cairo to continue. The negotiations are meant to secure a substantive end to the monthlong Gaza war and draw up a roadmap for the coastal territory, which has been hard-hit in the fighting. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A bus driver inspects the damage caused to his bus by a rocket fired from the Gaza strip hitting near the kibbutz of Yad Mordechay on August 19,2014. Israel and Palestinian militants resumed fire across the Gaza border on Tuesday, sparking panic across the war-torn enclave and halting truce talks. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians carry bodies of 10 members of the Al Astal immediate and extended family, killed by an Israeli strike early at their houses, during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. An airstrike hit a relative's home where they had sought refuge from the fighting, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken early on August 18, 2014 in the West Bank town of Hebron shows smoke billowing above the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, named by Israel as one of the suspects in the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers a month ago, after the Israeli army demolished it with TNT explosives. The houses of Hussam Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisheh, said by Israel to be Hamas members in the city of Hebron, were demolished as both militants are still hunted down by the Israeli army. AFP PHOTO/ HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/15: An extreme close-up of a tear gas bomb being held by an Israeli soldier.As the extended, but fragile ceasefire in Gaza is holding, Palestinian youth in the West Bank city of Bethlehem once again came out into the streets to march in solidarity, not only in solidarity with Gaza, but in solidarity of defying the Israeli military occupation. In the early morning hours of Friday, Israeli special forces raided two of the refugee camps in Bethlehem, injuring a 24-year-old man with live fire. This comes after two other Palestinians were shot and killed in the West Bank, including a 12-year-old child in Hebron who was shot and killed, Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati. A Fatah Activist was also shot dead in Nablus, 24-year-old,Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra. Meanwhile, the Gaza death toll stands at 1,980 Palestinians, and over 10,181 injured. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, amid Israel's heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A Palestinian boy cries while receiving treatment for injuries caused by an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Several Israeli tank shells slammed into the crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians inspect damage to adjacent houses from a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at the Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians help an injured man to an ambulance following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians carry a man on a strecher to an ambulance following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians help carry a injured people to ambulances following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians help carry an injured man to an ambulance following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians try to help injured men laying on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian shouts for help as injured men lay on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians lay on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians lay on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian man overcome by emotion speaks on his mobile phone as an injured man lays on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana))
An injured Palestinian man lays on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians rush a man, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, from an ambulance to the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians wheel a wounded man, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to an emergency room at Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, wait to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians wheel the lifeless body of video journalist, Rami Rayan, following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to the emergency room of the Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians help others laying on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An Injured Palestinian laying on the ground cries for help following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians rush an injured man following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian man rushes a child, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to an emergency room at Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian lays on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke from Israeli strikes rise over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Leaflets fall from an Israeli plane warning residents in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, aircraft dropped leaflets over Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood. The leaflets urged residents to stay away from Hamas militants and to report possible rocket launches and gave a contact phone number and email. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians grieve the death of their relatives who were killed in an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Several Israeli tank shells slammed into the crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday, a Palestinian health official and a U.N. official said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Leaflets fall from an Israeli plane warning residents in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, aircraft dropped leaflets over Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood. The leaflets urged residents to stay away from Hamas militants and to report possible rocket launches. The leaflet gave a contact phone number and email. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A Palestinian man grieves the death of his relative following an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Several Israeli tank shells slammed into the crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians help carry an injured man to an ambulance following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
FILE - In this Monday, July 14, 2014 photo, a right-wing Israeli holds a flag and wears a Star of David patch resembling the one Jews were forced to wear in the Nazi Germany period, during a demonstration in Jerusalem. The demonstrators chanted "Israel for the Jews" in support of the Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip. Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government’s conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders’ moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. A small but vocal opposition exists, but those arguing for peace are vociferously shouted down in a way rarely seen in a country long proud of its spirited, democratic debate. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
An Israeli army tank drives along the Israel Gaza border after fighting in Khan Younis at the Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Palestinian Ismail Radwan, 45, inspects the damage to his family apartment caused by a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians collect body parts in a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit the U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks. Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency, says tank shells hit the school around 4:30 a.m. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians rush a man, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood from an ambulance to the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians carry a man injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian medics wheel a man, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian man rushes a child, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to an emergency room at Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, at the emergency room of the Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian men, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, lay on the ground waiting to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A fallen minaret, bottom right, is seen as Palestinians inspect the damage to the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians inspect a destroyed car by a fallen minaret, in the background, of the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A fallen minaret, bottom right, is seen as Palestinians inspect the damage to the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A member of the Radwan family inspects the damage around a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians inspect damage to adjacent houses from a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at the Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites on Wednesday, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An injured Palestinian receives treatment at Nasser hospital following an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
Palestinians help a man wounded as they walk over the rubble of destroyed buildings following an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
A Palestinian girl sits on the floor at the Abu Hussein U.N. school, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting on Wednesday, killing more than a dozen and wounding tens after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said. The Israeli military said mortar shells had been fired from near the school, and that soldiers fired back. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian relatives mourn over bodies of 10 members of the Al Astal immediate and extended family, killed by an Israeli strike early at their houses, during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. An airstrike hit a relative's home where they had sought refuge from the fighting, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
Palestinian relatives gather around bodies of 10 members of the Al Astal immediate and extended family, killed by an Israeli strike early at their houses, during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. An airstrike hit a relative's home where they had sought refuge from the fighting, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/15: A masked Israeli soldiers stands in front of journalists and reporters. Soldiers often try to obstruct the view of journalists. As the extended, but fragile ceasefire in Gaza is holding, Palestinian youth in the West Bank city of Bethlehem once again came out into the streets to march in solidarity, not only in solidarity with Gaza, but in solidarity of defying the Israeli military occupation. In the early morning hours of Friday, Israeli special forces raided two of the refugee camps in Bethlehem, injuring a 24-year-old man with live fire. This comes after two other Palestinians were shot and killed in the West Bank, including a 12-year-old child in Hebron who was shot and killed, Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati. A Fatah Activist was also shot dead in Nablus, 24-year-old,Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra. Meanwhile, the Gaza death toll stands at 1,980 Palestinians, and over 10,181 injured. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Palestinian protesters face Israeli soldiers, following a demonstration to support people in Gaza and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo, Egypt, during clashes near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Israel and Hamas are observing a five-day cease-fire which began at midnight Wednesday, in an attempt to allow talks between the sides in Cairo to continue. The negotiations are meant to secure a substantive end to the monthlong war and draw up a roadmap for the coastal territory of Gaza, which has been hard-hit in the fighting. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
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JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike hit a crowded Gaza shopping area on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 150, hours after Israeli tank shells slammed into a U.N. school sheltering displaced Palestinians, killing 15 people, Gaza health officials said.

The latest deadly strikes came on the heels of an escalation in the embattled coastal territory, with Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers stepping up attacks after more than three weeks of fighting that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis.

Gaza health ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra and witnesses said the shopping area was busy because residents, and many who had taken shelter in the area from fighting elsewhere, thought a cease-fire was in place. The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed the death toll.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the strike on the shopping area and said it was investigating the report.

Raw: 16 Killed in Gaza Market Strike

Israel had earlier announced a "humanitarian window" in certain parts of the territory. But it said it would not halt fire in other areas, including in Shijaiyah, where the strike took place. Hamas dismissed the cease-fire, and Gaza militants fired 27 rockets at Israel after it began.

Eyewitnesses said an airstrike hit a warehouse on the edge of Shijaiyah, causing a fire and sending a large cloud of black smoke billowing into the sky. Firefighters and medical vehicles arrived at the scene, according to an Associated Press photographer.

The second airstrike struck an area about 500 meters away, according to witnesses, immediately killing at least 16 people, among them local Palestinian photographer Rami Rayan, who was wearing a press vest at the time.

"People were in the street and in the market, mostly women and kids. Suddenly more than 10 shells landed in the area, the market, in the Turkman area, and next to the gas station," said Salim Qadoum, 26, who witnessed the strike.

"The area now is like a blood bath, everyone is wounded or killed. People lost their limbs and were screaming for help. It's a massacre. I vomited when I saw what happened."

Israeli airstrikes and shelling killed more than 108 Palestinians across the coastal territory throughout the day Wednesday.

The military had declared a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire in parts of Gaza beginning at 3:00 p.m., but Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said it lacked any "value" because it excluded border areas from where Hamas wanted to evacuate the wounded.

Gaza militants fired 84 rockets at Israel Wednesday, including more than 26 after the cease-fire was announced, the military said. Al-Kidra, the Gaza health official, said seven Palestinians were killed by an Israeli airstrike in the same period.

The Israeli military said three of its soldiers were killed Wednesday when a house Palestinian militants had rigged with explosives collapsed after they identified an entrance to a tunnel inside. More than a dozen soldiers were wounded in heavy fighting Wednesday, it said.

The latest violence further dimmed hopes of a sustainable truce in the fighting, now in its fourth week.

Israel escalated its campaign on Tuesday, with airstrikes destroying key symbols of Hamas power, including the home of the top Hamas leader. Gaza's only power plant was shut down after shells set its fuel tank on fire.

On Wednesday tank shells hit the U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp before dawn, said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which is sheltering more than 200,000 people displaced by the fighting at dozens of U.N. schools across the strip.

Assad Sabah said he and his five children were huddling under desks in one of the classrooms because of the constant sound of tank fire throughout the night.

"We were scared to death," he said. "After 4:30 a.m., tanks started firing more. Three explosions shook the school."

"One classroom collapsed over the head of the people who were inside," he said.

In one classroom, the front wall was blown out, leaving debris and bloodied clothing. Another strike tore a large round hole in the ceiling of a second-floor classroom.

The Israeli military said it fired back after its soldiers were targeted by mortar rounds launched from the vicinity of the school.

The mortars were fired from a distance of some 200 meters (yards) from the school, said an Israeli military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

About two hours after the strike, hundreds of people still crowded the school courtyard, some dazed, others wailing.

"Where will we go?" asked Aishe Abu Darabeh, 56. "Where will we go next? We fled and they (the Israelis) are following us."

Al-Kidra, the Gaza health official, said at least 15 people were killed and about 90 wounded in the school strike. Four of the dead were killed just outside the school compound, two in their home nearby and two in the street, after returning from pre-dawn prayers, their relatives said.

In all, 108 Palestinians were killed by airstrikes and tank shelling in different areas of Gaza on Wednesday, al-Kidra said. The total number of Palestinians killed since the July 8 start of fighting rose to 1,347, he said. More than 7,100 Palestinians have been wounded.

Israel has lost 56 soldiers since launching a ground operation earlier this month aimed at destroying rocket launchers and tunnels used for attacks inside Israel. Three civilians have been killed on the Israeli side since the fighting began on July 8.

In the southern town of Khan Younis, 10 members of one Palestinian family died when an airstrike hit a relative's home where they had sought refuge, al-Kidra said. After the strike, relatives climbed over piles of debris, surveying shattered windows and demolished walls.

In the Gaza City neighborhood of Tufah, shelling killed at last seven members of another family, including four children, said Ayman Sahabani, the head of the emergency room at Gaza's Shifa Hospital.

Gazans said they have not been able to properly mourn the mounting number of fatalities, with many foregoing funerals because of the security situation.

In Gaza City, three bodies wrapped in green tarp lay on the bed of a pickup truck, with a charred hand sticking up from one. Ordinarily, crowds of people would accompany bodies to cemeteries, but on Wednesday, only a small number of relatives rode among the bodies.

Israel says its Gaza operation is meant to stop Hamas rocket and mortar fire that has reached increasingly deeper into its territory and to destroy a sophisticated network of tunnels used for attacks inside Israel.

Gaza militants have fired more than 2,600 rockets toward Israel over the past three weeks, according to the Israeli army. Over the past 23 days, Israeli forces have hit 4,100 targets in Gaza, about one-third connected to rocket launching, a statement said.

The military has not provided details on strikes in which multiple members of one family were killed. There have been several dozen such strikes, according to the Palestinian human rights group Al-Mezan.

The military says Hamas militants often launch rockets from crowded residential areas, thus endangering civilians. The army says it has also warned civilians by phone and leaflet to leave dangerous areas.

On Wednesday, aircraft dropped leaflets over Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood, urging residents to stay away from Hamas militants and to report possible rocket launches. The leaflet gave a contact phone number and email and warned of a new operation.

Israeli leaders have said that troops will not leave until all the Hamas tunnels have been demolished. The army said 32 tunnels have so far been located but did not say how many remain.

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