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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

July 16th, 2014
06:30 PM ET

Hamas won't participate in Egypt peace talks; Israel sets airstrikes pause

Gaza City (CNN) - Diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Gaza sputtered Wednesday amid Hamas' rejection of Egyptian efforts to broker a deal and rising anger over civilian deaths - including those of four children killed while playing on the beach.

The boys, ages 9 to 11, died Wednesday when a shell from an Israeli gunship exploded near them at the Al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza, according to Palestinian officials.

An Israeli official said the shelling was another example of Hamas using civilians as human shields - intimating that the boys had been left to play near a rocket launcher.

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