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Heavy gunfire and shelling were reported in the north and east of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army says it has resumed the fight against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The resumption of hostilities came around 7 a.m. local time (05:00 GMT) on Friday as the deadline for the week-long ceasefire to end had passed. Israeli airstrikes were reported across the Gaza Strip.

In the hour before the temporary ceasefire expired, reports of rocket fire and gunfire emerged. Israel said Hamas had violated the agreement. There were efforts to extend the pause but there was no comment from mediator Qatar.

“Hamas violated the pause in operations and also fired into Israeli territory,” an Israel Defense Forces report said Post on X on Friday. “The IDF has resumed the fight against the terrorist organization Hamas in Gaza.”

There are now reports of heavy gunfire and shelling in the north and east of the Gaza Strip. Al Jazeera journalists in the enclave said Israeli airstrikes had resumed and planes could be heard hovering overhead.

“The Gaza Strip is under heavy artillery and even airstrikes [Israeli] Occupation forces,” said Al Jazeera’s Tareq Abu Azzoum, reporting from Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. “In the coming hours we could witness a rapid increase in the number of Israeli attacks across the territory.”

Witnesses in Gaza City reported heavy clashes between Palestinian fighting groups and Israeli troops. There were also reports of airstrikes and artillery fire in the city.

In the center of the Gaza Strip, Israeli tanks shelled the Nuseirat and Bureij refugee camps.

The seven-day lull in fighting, which began on November 24 and was extended twice, had allowed dozens of hostages held in Gaza to be exchanged for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners and facilitated humanitarian access to the devastated coastal strip.

“The [resumption of fighting] “Offer the Palestinians only one option – that they will live again under Israeli bombardment that will destroy all livelihoods in the Gaza Strip,” Abu Azzoum said.

This is a developing story. More updates to follow.

Source : www.aljazeera.com

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