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Israeli boy killed in mortar attack launched from Gaza Strip

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JERUSALEM — Israeli rescue officials say a 4-year-old boy has been killed in a mortar attack near the border with the Gaza Strip.

The attack occurred early Friday evening in a southern Israeli village along the frontier.

PHOTO: Palestinian supporters of Hamas chant slogans against the Israeli military action in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
Palestinian supporters of Hamas chant slogans against the Israeli military action in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Eli Bin, head of Israel's national rescue service, confirmed the death in TV interviews.

It was the first Israeli death since a new round of fighting erupted on Tuesday between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers following the collapse of cease-fire talks in Cairo.

In six weeks of fighting, more than 2,000 Palestinians and 68 Israelis have died.

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PHOTO: Israel says it carried out 20 airstrikes in Gaza on Friday, targeting rocket launchers and weapons sites. It says Gaza militants fired two rockets at Israel. Gaza health officials say two Palestinians were killed. (Aug. 22)
Israel says it carried out 20 airstrikes in Gaza on Friday, targeting rocket launchers and weapons sites. It says Gaza militants fired two rockets at Israel. Gaza health officials say two Palestinians were killed. (Aug. 22)
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PHOTO: A Palestinian boy holds a representation of a rocket as supporters of Hamas chant slogans against the Israeli military action in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
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