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Hamas says Palestinian death toll in fighting rises to 45

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Rami Arada inspects the rubble of his family house after it was destroyed by in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Rami Arada inspects the rubble of his family house after it was destroyed by in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)

The death toll during the three days of violence in the Gaza Strip has risen to 45, Hamas authorities say.

Israel has denied responsibility for some of the deaths, which it says were caused by Palestinian Islamic Jihad rockets fired at Israel that landed short inside the coastal enclave.

The Hamas Government Information Office in Gaza says another 360 people were wounded amid the fighting, which ended with a ceasefire last night.

The Gazan officials do not say how many of the total killed were affiliated with terror groups. The PIJ, Hamas, and another terror group have claimed 15 of the deaths as members.

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