Fragile Gaza truce shatters, 27 dead

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) - Intensive Israeli shelling killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 150 in southern Gaza on Friday, medics said, shattering a fragile truce only hours after it began.

AFP correspondents said the artillery barrage of the southern city of Rafah was ongoing, preventing medics from recovering the dead and wounded, after the army said Gaza militants had resumed rocket fire against Israel.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra gave a death toll of 27, correcting an initial figure of 30 given by the Abu Yusef al-Najjar hospital in Rafah.

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