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Ceasefire expires, attacks resume in Gaza

Ceasefire expires, attacks resume in Gaza

Fighting between Hamas and Israel resumed in Gaza after a seven-day ceasefire that allowed for the exchange of hostages for Palestinian prisoners and the entry of humanitarian aid into the devastated enclave. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Friday that the resumption of fighting comes after Hamas violated a temporary ceasefire and a rocket attack by the militant group on Israel.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Israel had advance knowledge of a detailed Hamas plan to attack Israel, but intelligence officials downplayed it, thinking Hamas lacked the capability to carry it out.

The nearly 40-page document codenamed "Jericho Wall" analyzed by the New York Times describes how Hamas would launch a multi-pronged attack on Israeli defense positions and take over cities. The document did not include a specific date for the attack.

The paper says Israeli military and intelligence officials had knowledge of the plan more than a year before the Oct. 7 attack. It is not clear whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also aware of it.

The Israeli government did not respond to the newspaper's announcement. Despite the resumption of fighting, international mediators are continuing to negotiate to stop it.

The Israeli military said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that it had "successfully intercepted" the rocket fired from Gaza. Hamas has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry says at least 32 people died in the early hours of Friday's attack. Leaflets released by Israel in Khan Younis in southern Gaza are advising people to head south for their own safety./VOA

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