Israel suffers first fatality after Turkish PM Erdoğan said 'Hamas bombs' don't kill

The Israeli military said that since the ceasefire deal was to have gone into effect, Hamas had fired 123 rockets at Israel, one killing a civilian - the first Israeli fatality in the fighting. A Palestinian civilian was killed in an air strike in Khan Younis.

The Israeli military has announced a rocket fired by Hamas in Gaza killed an Israeli civilian as the first fatality in the latest fighting, hours after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan questioned the lethality of "the Hamas bombs."

Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip July 15 after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed ceasefire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. 

Six hours after implementation of the truce was to have begun, and citing the persistent salvoes, Israel resumed attacks in Gaza. The military said it targeted at least 20 of Hamas's hidden rocket launchers, tunnels and weapons storage facilities.

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted 20 of the Hamas projectiles, including two over the Tel Aviv area, and the rest caused no damage or casualties, according to Reuters.

The Israeli military said that since the ceasefire deal was to have gone into effect, Hamas had fired 123 rockets at Israel, one killing a civilian - the first Israeli fatality in the fighting. 

A Palestinian civilian was killed in an air strike in Khan Younis, raising the death toll in the Gaza Strip in eight days of fighting to 188, including at least 150 civilians, among them 31 children, according to Gaza medical officials. 

Earlier in the day, PM Erdoğan accused Israel of committing “systematic atrocity and state terror” against the Palestinians since 1948. â€œWhat Israel has been doing in Gaza since last week is not explainable. Israel continues to terrorize. Moving beyond individual terrorism, it’s now committing state terror,” he said, speaking in his weekly address to his parliamentary group on July 15.

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