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No let-up in Gaza war; 8 killed, Egypt floats new ceasefire proposal


Gaza (25th August, 2014): Israeli air strikes killed at least eight Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and militants kept up their rocket fire on southern Israel on Monday, witnesses and officials said, as Egypt pressed on with efforts to broker a durable truce.

Gazans said they received new recorded messages on mobile phones and landlines saying Israel would target any house used to launch "terror attacks" and telling civilians to leave areas used by militants.

Israeli aircraft attacked four homes in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the Israeli border, killing two women and a girl, witnesses and health officials said.

Five other Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes, including three men in an attack on a car, officials said.

More than 80 rockets were launched at southern Israel on Monday, causing no casualties, the army said.

Palestinian health officials say 2,122 people, most of them civilians, including more than 400 children, have been killed in Gaza since July 8, when Israel launched an offensive with the declared aim of ending rocket fire into its territory.

Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed.

Gazans said they had received messages on their phones for several days, with a new recording on Monday ending with the words: "To Hamas leaders and to the residents of Gaza: The battle is open and you have been warned."

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