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With just hours left of the extended ceasefire to expire, Israel has responded to three rocket attacks fired from Gaza towards the towns of Beersheba and Netivot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his army to hit “terrorism targets” in Gaza and recalled peace negotiators from Cairo who were involved in indirect talks with Palestinians on a permanent ceasefire.

“In response to Hamas’s violation of the truce, the prime minister and defence minister have ordered the IDF (Israeli army) to once more attack terror sites in the Gaza Strip,” a government official said.

A five-day ceasefire was extended for 24 hours at midnight while delegations from both sides tried to negotiate a deal to end weeks of fighting.

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