Israel continued shelling the Gaza Strip, less than an hour into a temporary ceasefire on Sunday, saying the resume was in response to continued attack by Hamas.
Lt.Col. Peter Lerner, spokesperson for the Israeli army, said in a statement that “once again Hamas breaches ceasefire and the Israeli Defence Force is responding accordingly”.
However, Hamas blamed Israel for initiating the fire and bombing medical teams, according to a Twitter account associated with the Islamist organisation.
At least 40 Palestinians were killed and 400 others wounded early Sunday by Israeli artillery fire in the Gaza city, making it the heaviest casualties since Israel launched its ground operation late Thursday night.
Palestinian health ministry officials said at least 390 Palestinians, many of them civilians, have been killed in the 13 day conflict and about 3,000 have been wounded.