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ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli soldiers walk along the beach during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 in Ashkelon, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People enjoy the beach during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 in Ashkelon, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 26: An Israeli soldier's uniform and boots sit in the sand on the beach during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 in Ashkelon, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Ruty Friza (L) and Pini Friza (C) meet with their son, First Lieutenant Ziv Friza during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Ruty Friza (L) and Pini Friza (C) meet with their son, First Lieutenant Ziv Friza during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A bomb (Top R) is seen dropping during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke and debris fill the air during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Destroyed buildings are seen following an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Debris and smoke fill the air during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A bomb (Top R) is seen dropping during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire ball and smoke is seen during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A bomb (Top L) is seen dropping during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 26, 2014 shows the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City, as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 26, 2014 shows the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City, as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City on July 26, 2014, as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire ball and smoke is seen during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire ball and smoke is seen during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 26: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah (R) hold a joint press conference about 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza, on July 26, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Hakan Goktepe/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JULY 26: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout provided by the Israel Minister of Defense office, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R), meets with Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon (C) and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, during an evening consultation at the Kirya July 26, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and over 1,035 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Ariel Harmoni/ Israel Minister of Defense via Getty Images)
BEIT HANOUN, GAZA - JULY 26: Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah (2ndL), Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2nd R), as they walk down staircase after their meeting regarding 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza, on July 26, 2014, at the foreign ministry in Paris, France. (Photo by Ezz Zanoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
(From L) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond give a press conference after their meeting regarding a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, on July 26, 2014, at the foreign ministry in Paris. Top diplomats from the US, Europe and the Middle East called Saturday for an extension to the temporary 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas currently in force in Gaza. 'We all call on parties to extend the humanitarian ceasefire,' France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters after a meeting in Paris with US Secretary of State John Kerry and their counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar and Turkey, as well as an EU representative. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU (Photo credit should read PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People wait for their loved ones serving in the Israeli defense forces at a road block just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border during a 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People wait for their loved ones serving in the Israeli defense forces just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border during a 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People wait for their loved ones serving in the Israeli defense forces at a road block just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border during a 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli tanks fire a barrage of artillery shells moments before a 12 hour cease fire goes into effect on the morning of July 26, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. The ceasefire was brokered after nearly three weeks of fighting in which according to recent reports around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli soldiers run between tanks firing a barrage of artillery shells moments before a 12 hour cease fire goes into effect on the morning of July 26, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. The ceasefire was brokered after nearly three weeks of fighting in which according to recent reports around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli soldiers run between tanks firing a barrage of artillery shells moments before a 12 hour cease fire goes into effect on the morning of July 26, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. The ceasefire was brokered after nearly three weeks of fighting in which according to recent reports around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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By KARIN LAUB and IAN DEITCH

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war.

Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel's Cabinet decided to extend a truce for 24 hours, until midnight (2100 GMT) Sunday. However, it warned that its military would respond to any fire from Gaza and would continue to demolish Hamas military tunnels during this period.

The temporary lull on Saturday saw Palestinians return to neighborhoods reduced to rubble and allowed medics to collect close to 150 bodies, Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra said.

With the retrieval of the corpses, the number of Palestinians killed reached 1,047 in 19 days of fighting, while more than 6,000 were wounded, he said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European foreign ministers, meeting in Paris, had hoped to transform the cease-fire into a more sustainable truce. That effort was thrown into doubt with the Hamas' rejection of the extension.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said any truce must include a withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, and that tens of thousands of displaced people must be allowed to return to their homes. Israel's current terms are "not acceptable," he said in a text message to journalists.

In the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, scores of homes had been pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. Hardest hit were areas close to the border with Israel, areas from where Gaza militants typically fire rockets.

Manal Kefarneh, 30, wept as she inspected her damaged home.

On an unfinished top floor, she and her husband had been raising chickens. The couple collected the dead and replenished water for the living in hopes they will survive the war.

"What did we do to deserve this?" she asked. "All of the Arab leaders watch what's going on here like it's a Bollywood film."

Israeli strikes have destroyed hundreds of homes, including close to 500 in targeted hits, and forced tens of thousands of people to flee, according to Palestinian rights groups.

Across Gaza, 147 bodies were pulled from the rubble Saturday, officials said. In southern Gaza, a tank shell killed 20 members of an extended family who sought refuge inside a building, al-Kidra said.

Israel says it is doing its utmost to prevent civilian casualties, including sending evacuation warnings to residents in targeted areas, and blames Hamas for putting civilians in harm's way.

Israel has lost 42 soldiers and two civilians, and a Thai worker has been killed.

Israeli legislator Ofer Shelah of the centrist Yesh Atid party said Israeli troops are "fighting with an enemy dug in within the civilian population, dug in underground or within the houses there." Referring to the widespread destruction, he said that "those are the consequences of such a fight."

The military took some Israeli journalists into the Gaza border areas where troops were operating. Footage broadcast on Israeli television station Channel 10 showed homes booby-trapped with explosives, as well as grenades, mines and rockets stored there. Tunnels opened up inside houses.

Soldiers said some buildings blew up after being hit by gunfire from all the explosives inside. Col. Ofer Vinter, head of the Givati infantry brigade, said almost every house was booby-trapped with explosives and that Gaza fighters "emerge from the ground all the time."

Standing over a tunnel concealed in a house, he said: "We cannot leave here before we finish dealing with all the tunnels."

Israel launched a major air campaign in Gaza on July 8 and later sent ground troops into the Hamas-ruled territory in an operation it said was aimed at halting Palestinian rocket fire and destroying cross-border tunnels it views as a threat.

Shelah, the legislator, said about 50 tunnels have been discovered so far.

On Friday, Israel rejected a Kerry proposal for a weeklong truce because it had no provisions for the Israeli military continuing to demolish tunnels, Israeli media reported at the time.

Under the Kerry proposal, talks would begin during the temporary truce on easing the border blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Hamas has said it would not halt fire until it wins guarantees that the border blockade, enforced by Israel and Egypt, would be lifted.

Any new border arrangements for Gaza would likely give a role to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the main political rival of Hamas. Hamas had seized Gaza from Abbas in 2007, triggering the Gaza blockade by Israel and Egypt.

However, Abbas, who heads the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, reached a power-sharing deal earlier this year with Hamas. Under the deal, a government of technocrats headed by Abbas was to prepare for new elections in the West Bank and Gaza.

Egypt wants forces loyal to Abbas to be posted on the Gaza side of the mutual border before considering opening the Rafah crossing there, Gaza's main gate to the world. Hamas officials have said they do not oppose such an arrangement, but would not surrender control over its thousands-strong security forces, meaning Hamas would remain the de facto power in Gaza.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in Paris on Saturday that he and his counterparts from other nations are calling on both sides to negotiate a sustainable cease-fire.

Such a truce should meet Israeli security concerns, but also "the Palestinians' expectations in terms of economic development and access to Gaza," he said. "We are convinced of the need to involve the Palestinian Authority in achieving these objectives."

Israel initially decided to extend Saturday's 12-hour truce by four hours, to midnight (2100 GMT) Saturday. Hamas swiftly rejected the idea of an extension.

Shortly after the Hamas announcement, Gaza militants fired eight rockets and three mortars at Israel, the military said. Gaza militants said they fired 42 rockets, including two that were aimed at Tel Aviv, Israel's second largest city, where police dispersed a peace rally attended by several thousand people.

In Gaza, a 36-year-old Palestinian man was killed by a sniper near the central Gaza town of Deir el-Balah shortly after the 12-hour truce ended.

Meanwhile, anger over Israel's Gaza operation has sparked a series of protests in the West Bank. Since Thursday, nine Palestinians have been killed in clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters.

Among those were two Palestinians killed by army fire Saturday, including a 23-year-old in the town of Jenin and a 16-year-old near the town of Bethlehem, hospital officials said.

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Deitch reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writers Yousur Alhlou in Jerusalem and Ibrahim Barzak in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, contributed to this report.

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