In a sudden escalation of tensions, heavy fighting has erupted in Gaza after Israel accused Hamas of violating a temporary truce.
The seven-day pause, which allowed for hostage exchanges and humanitarian aid, ended abruptly as Israel intercepted a rocket fired from Gaza just before the truce's expiration, reported Hindustan Times.
As Israeli sirens sounded in areas near Gaza, minutes before the deadline, no immediate claim of responsibility was taken by Hamas.
Post-truce, reports indicate air and artillery strikes across Gaza, including in Rafah crossing near the Egyptian border.
Earlier, Intensive efforts were made by Qatar and Egypt to extend the ceasefire, with 105 hostages and 240 Palestinian prisoners released during its duration.
The sudden breakdown of the truce raises concerns about the resumption of hostilities and the impact on the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his visit to Israel, emphasized the imperative to avoid civilian casualties and displacement in the renewed conflict.
As the situation remains fluid, the international community closely watches for further developments in the region.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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