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Fleeing civilians become targets in Shajaiya

Chaos and fear reign in Gaza's Shajaiya neighborhood, where civilians hurried back to search for their families during a cease-fire that was cut short.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A two-hour humanitarian truce was declared to evacuate the dead and wounded from the Shajaiya neighborhood. It was scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, after a long night of heavy shelling by Israeli tanks. Israeli occupation forces have been randomly and continuously shelling the neighborhood, leaving at the time of this writing 400 wounded and 72 dead, according to the Ministry of Health. The search for other civilian casualties is continuing.

Hardly an hour passed before the truce collapsed and we heard the Israeli shelling start up all over again. It seems that the truce means nothing to the Israeli forces, and neither does the bloodshed.

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