Israel declares partial Gaza ceasefire but fighting goes on in Rafah

  • A wounded Palestinian boy arrives at hospital in Rafah on Sunday. Photograph: Abed Rahim Khatib/NurPhoto/REX

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Israel has declared a seven-hour “humanitarian window” in Gaza to start at 10am local time (7amGMT) amid international outrage at the third deadly attack on a UN school sheltering displaced Palestinians and mounting pressure for the bloodshed to end.

The unilateral ceasefire is the eighth temporary pause in fighting, nearly all of which have broken down amid mutual accusations of violations.

The Israeli army has exempted the area around the southern town of Rafah, where the UN school was struck on Sunday and fighting was continuing. Troops were working on destroying a cross-border tunnel in the area.

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