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Published: Saturday July 26, 2014 MYT 10:50:02 PM
Updated: Saturday July 26, 2014 MYT 10:51:02 PM

Palestinian death toll in Gaza offensive tops 1,000 - official

GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict between Israel and Hamas militants has climbed to over 1,000, many of them civilians, Gaza's health ministry said on Saturday.

Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said rescue workers had taken advantage of a 12-hour truce in the fighting and had retrieved more than 100 bodies buried in the rubble of shelled buildings around the Mediterranean enclave.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi, Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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