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The truce that entered into force on November 24 between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas expired Friday morning, and fighting resumed between the belligerents.

The truce expired at 7:00 a.m. local time. The Israeli army said in a statement that it had resumed combat against the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip, as rocket warning sirens sounded in several Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip. territory.

Several Israeli raids have been reported in the north and south of the Gaza Strip, according to Al Jazeera and AFP.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The Palestinian agency reported heavy fighting in northern Gaza and intense artillery fire.

Early Friday, the Israeli military said it intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, triggering warning sirens, which sounded in Israeli communities near the enclave Palestinian movement an hour before the temporary truce between Israel and Hamas expires.

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Israeli public television channel Kan reported that it was the first time that warning sirens had sounded since the start of the truce, which has been in force for seven days in the Gaza Strip.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Two hours before the truce expired, the Wall Street Journal, citing Egyptian officials, reported that Israel and Hamas agreed to extend the truce in the Gaza Strip by one day as part of a deal that provides for the release of additional hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.

However, neither Israel nor Hamas had commented.

With the information from Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera and Agence Shehab

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