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Two-hour Gaza truce collapses

A short-lived humanitarian truce in Gaza's battered Shejaiya neighbourhood appeared to have collapsed Sunday as the Israeli army accused Hamas militants of violating it and said it had "responded accordingly".

JERUSALEM: A short-lived humanitarian truce in Gaza's battered Shejaiya neighbourhood appeared to have collapsed Sunday as the Israeli army accused Hamas militants of violating it and said it had "responded accordingly".

"Once more, Hamas breaches ceasefire, this time brokered by the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) for a humanitarian hiatus. IDF responding accordingly," army spokesman Peter Lerner said on his official Twitter account in a posting just 40 minutes into the truce.

He later said that the lull in Israeli operations there would be extended briefly, until 1330 GMT.

Thousands of people fled northern Gaza on Sunday as Israeli forces pounded the area. The intensity of the bombardment prevented emergency services from accessing the area and bodies lay in the streets, an AFP correspondent reported.

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