Date
17 August 2017
A Palestinian carrying a child looks at the ruined home of a Hamas leader in Gaza after an overnight Israeli air strike on Tuesday. Photo: AFP
A Palestinian carrying a child looks at the ruined home of a Hamas leader in Gaza after an overnight Israeli air strike on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Israel intensifies Gaza assault

Israel on Tuesday bombarded high-profile targets in the Gaza Strip, including the enclave’s only power plant, as Egypt prepared a revised plan for a pause in the fighting, Reuters reported.

At least 85 Palestinians died in the latest Israeli offensive, brining the death toll on the Palestinian side to 1,200, most of them civilians, the report said, citing health officials. Among Israelis, 53 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

Meanwhile, more than 200,000 Palestinians have taken shelter in schools and buildings run by a United Nations relief agency after Israel told civilians to evacuate their homes before military operations, according to the wire agency.

The Israeli assault intensified after 10 soldiers were killed in Palestinian cross-border attacks on Monday.

Egypt said it was revising an unconditional truce proposal that Israel had originally accepted but Hamas rejected, and that the new offer would be presented to a Palestinian delegation expected in Cairo later on Tuesday, the report said, adding that Israel might send its own envoy.

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