End of a Cease-Fire

Furious at the killings of a militant leader and eight civilians on a Gaza beach in separate Israeli strikes, Hamas' military wing last week ended its 16-month cease-fire. Here's what happened and what it means for hopes of peace:

What prompted Hamas' move? First, Jamal Abu Samhadana, head of a Gaza security force, was assassinated in an Israeli missile strike. But it was the Israeli shelling of a Gaza beach--killing eight, including five members of one family--that united the Palestinians in outrage. Israel expressed regret, but that didn't placate Hamas' military wing, which ended the cease-fire and fired at least 15...

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