Death toll rises as more than 600 rockets fired in Israel-Gaza conflict


By Yuliya Talmazan, Paul Goldman, Lawahez Jabari and Associated Press


The death toll continued to rise Sunday as civilian casualties increased on both sides of the border after more than 600 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza in less than 24 hours, in one of the most intense flareups of violence in the region in years.

The barrage of rockets from Gaza started Saturday morning, prompting Israel to retaliate with airstrikes.

At least 22 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and a baby, were killed and ninety more have been hurt in the Palestinian enclave, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.


The outburst of fighting broke a month-long lull as Egyptian mediators had been trying to negotiate a long-term cease-fire between the two sides.

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