Hamas dismisses partial cease-fire

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Hamas spokesman says the four-hour cease-fire declared by Israel doesn’t have any “value,” because it excludes border areas from which Hamas wants to evacuate the wounded.

The Israeli military says it’s declared the cease-fire in some areas of the Gaza Strip for humanitarian reasons.

The partial cease-fire comes after Israeli tank shells earlier today slammed into a crowded U.N. school, killing 15 people and wounding 90. Gaza residents were in the school taking refuge from the fighting. The Israeli military says its soldiers were responding to mortar shells that had been fired from near the school.

Israel’s military says its forces are still working to demolish tunnels in some areas of the Strip. It says at least two rockets were fired at Israel after its declaration to partially hold fire.

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162-a-11-(Christopher Gunness, spokesman, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East , or UNRWA, in AP interview)-“protect the site”-Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the U.N.’s aid agency, says Palestinian women and children died in the attack, along with U.N. staff. (refers to UNRWA, the agency for which he works) (30 Jul 2014)


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APPHOTO XAH104: Smoke rises from a building damaged by an Israeli strike in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck dozens of Gaza sites, including five mosques it said were being used by militants, while several other areas came under tank fire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) (30 Jul 2014)


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