Israeli tanks, infantry and engineering units have launched a broad assault on Gaza after last ditch efforts to secure a ceasefire deal in Cairo collapsed.

Eleven Palestinians were killed, Palestinian health officials said, while Israel claimed it had killed 14 “militants” in the attack which began on Thursday evening.

One Israeli soldier was killed and another two soldiers were wounded.

Israel’s chief military spokesman told Army Radio “there were a number of points of friction through the night” and said the military was investigating the circumstances behind the soldier’s death.

It said Israel had targeted rocket launchers, tunnels and more than 100 other sites.

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