Official: Over 1,000 Palestinians dead in Gaza war

Official: Over 1,000 Palestinians dead in Gaza war

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RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - JULY 25: The body of Mohammed al-Araj is carried through the streets to the cemetary during his funeral on July 25, 2014 near Ramallah, West Bank. al-Araj was killed by live ammunition during clashes with Israeli security forces near the Qalandia gate between Israel and the Palestinian territory; 150 others were injured. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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by KARIN LAUB and YOUSUR ALHLOU

AP

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Palestinian official says more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said that officials recovered more than 100 bodies alone on Saturday.

The higher death toll came as fighting lulled Saturday during a 12-hour truce, the only immediate outcome from a high-level mediation mission by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon over the past week. They failed to broker a weeklong cease-fire as a precursor to a broader deal, as they had hoped.

Instead, Israel’s defense minister warned he might soon expand the ground operation in Gaza “significantly.”

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