Gaza truce reached, Hamas says

(CNN) -- Hamas officials said Tuesday that a truce has been reached that would end the fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza.

But Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said word of a deal was "just reports."

A senior Egyptian government official told CNN on Tuesday that there was no ceasefire deal, but added, "We may have an announcement later today or tomorrow."

Tuesday marks the 50th day of Israel's Operation Protective Edge. The Israel Defense Forces reported that militants destroyed a home in Ashkelon and fired a rocket that landed near a kindergarten in Ashdod.

"Our soldiers remain prepared to defend Israel from every threat," the IDF said on Twitter.

Ashraf el-Qedra, a spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry, posted on his Facebook page that 2,131 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict.

How many were civilians remains unclear. The United Nations estimates more than 70% were civilians, but Israel reports a higher number of militants among the dead.

On Sunday, the IDF accused Hamas of routinely exaggerating civilian deaths "for propaganda purposes."

On Monday night, Israel blasted a second residential tower in Gaza. The Health Ministry said 20 people were injured in the airstrike.

The Israeli military said the building housed a Hamas "command and control center." Palestinians evacuated the building after warnings from Israel, the IDF said.


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