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UK government to block arms exports to Israel if military action resumes

Announcement comes after lengthy dispute between leading Tories and Liberal Democrats over restriction of arms sales

A girl sits on the ruins of her family's home in Gaza

A girl sits on the ruins of her family’s home that witnesses say was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in the Beit Hanoun neighbourhood of Gaza City Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Reuters

By: Rupert Neate

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/

The British government will suspend some of its arms exports to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza due to concerns that the British-made products could be used by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).

The business department said a review of UK exports to Israel had identified the 12 licences for “components which could be part of equipment used by the Israel Defence Forces in Gaza“. They include equipment for military radar, combat aircraft and tanks.

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Gaza fighting resumes after ceasefire ends

Ten-year-old child killed in Gaza City, while three others died following a drone strike in Khan Younis.

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

Israel has hit the Gaza Strip with missiles and artillery for the first time in three days, while Palestinian fighters launched a barrage of rockets at Israel, just hours after a ceasefire between the two sides expired.

An Israeli air strike killed a 10-year-old child in Gaza City, the first death reported since a 72-hour truce expired at 8am (05:00 GMT), while three others were killed in a drone strike in the Khan Younis district, Palestinian medics said on Friday. The number of injured in the last 10 hours were also up from six to 22.

The Israeli army said that as of Friday afternoon, more than 45 rockets were fired into southern Israel after the truce ended. Three of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system. Two Israelis were wounded, the army said.

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