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Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail

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Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier. (Aug. 20)

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Nativ Ha'asara, southern Israel - August 20, 2014

1. Mid of shelter as explosion occurs

2. Tight of mortar

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Israel-Gaza border - August 20, 2014

3. Wide of black smoke rising at Israel border with Gaza looking into the Gaza Strip's Shijaiyah neighborhood

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Gaza City, Gaza Strip - August 20, 2014

4. Wide of people gathered in front of house hit by Israeli airstrike

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Jebaliya, Gaza Strip - August 20, 2014

5. Wide of crowd with man in white shirt holding body of infant wrapped in white cloth during funeral procession

6. Mid of man holding body of infant

7. Various of funeral procession

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Ashdod, southern Israel - August 20, 2014

8. Wide of rocket being intercepted in air as sirens go off

9. Wide of people getting off bus and searching for shelter

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Israel-Gaza border - August 20, 2014

10. Wide of army vehicles at border

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Nativ Ha'asara, southern Israel - August 20, 2014

11. Mid of police standing on road

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Southern Israel - August 20, 2014

12. Various of Iron Dome Defense System

STORYLINE:

PALESTINIAN MILITANTS LAUNCHED DOZENS OF ROCKETS AND ISRAEL RESPONDED WITH AIRSTRIKES WEDNESDAY AFTER EGYPTIAN EFFORTS TO MEDIATE A LASTING TRUCE COLLAPSED A DAY EARLIER.

ONE ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE APPEARED TO TARGET MOHAMMED DEIF, THE ELUSIVE MILITARY CHIEF OF HAMAS WHO HAS ESCAPED NUMEROUS ISRAELI ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS IN THE PAST.

MEANWHILE, THOUSANDS MARCHED IN A FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR THE CHIEF'S WIFE AND INFANT SON WHO WERE KILLED IN THE STRIKE.

A HAMAS SPOKESMAN SAID DEIF WAS NOT PRESENT DURING THE ATTACK.

THE FIGHTING RESUMED LATE TUESDAY WHEN GAZA MILITANTS FIRED ROCKETS AT ISRAELI CITIES JUST HOURS BEFORE A TEMPORARY CEASE-FIRE WAS SET TO EXPIRE, PROMPTING ISRAEL TO WITHDRAW ITS DELEGATION FROM CAIRO AND LAUNCH RETALIATORY AIRSTRIKES.

THE BREAKDOWN IN TALKS AND THE RESUMPTION OF VIOLENCE MARKED A BITTER ENDING TO NEARLY A WEEK OF EGYPTIAN-LED DIPLOMACY MEANT TO END THE WAR.

MATTHEW BURGOYNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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