Israel has resumed its heavy bombardment of Gaza and warned that Hamas "would pay the price" after the Islamic militant group rejected an Egyptian truce plan and unleashed more rocket barrages causing the first Israeli death in eight days of fighting.
Gaza militants fired more than 120 rockets and mortar rounds at Israel during what Egyptian mediators had hoped would be a period of deescalation.
After holding its fire for six hours, the Israeli air force resumed its heavy bombardment of Gaza, launching 33 strikes from midafternoon, the military said
In all, Israeli aircraft struck close to 1,700 times since 8th July, whilst Gaza militants fired more than 1,200 rockets at Israel.
It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.
In the court of international opinion, this is how Israel wins a battle and still manages to lose the war.
Until the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way of resolving the underlining conflict this will not be more than a pause.