Hamas trades fire with Israel as Gaza flare-up shows no let-up

GAZA CITY (AFP) – Israeli tanks and warplanes bombed Hamas positions in Gaza yesterday and the extremists retaliated with rockets as a three-week-old flare-up showed no let-up despite international mediation efforts. Warning sirens sounded before dawn in Israeli communities near the border as the pre-dawn air strikes and shelling prompted Hamas to launch a salvo of six rockets in retaliation.

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