Fighting flares up in Gaza

Fighting has resumed near Gaza city after a three-hour humanitarian truce ended on Wednesday. The...

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Fighting has resumed near <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza city after a three-hour humanitarian truce ended on Wednesday.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The temporary ceasefire was to allow aid into the Gaza Strip which was suffering from shortages of basic supplies and fuel.

Much of the region was also without electricity and running water.

At the same time, the Israeli government has welcomed a proposal from <country-region w:st="on">France</country-region> and <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Egypt</country-region> to end the fighting.

<country-region w:st="on">Israel</country-region> had indicated that it could accept the proposal if ‘hostile fire’ was halted in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza and the agreement included measures to prevent Hamas from re-arming.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Israel</country-region> and the Palestinian Authority had accepted the proposal but Israeli officials would not confirm this.