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Ismail Haniyeh speaks to crowd of thousands in Gaza City
Hamas complains to UN over Israeli attacks
Published Monday 12/11/2012 (updated) 14/11/2012 13:28
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Israeli soldiers patrol near the border with the northern Gaza Strip on
Nov. 11. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas government has filed a complaint to the UN against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, a spokesman said.

Taher al-Nunu said government called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to pressure Israel to stop its attacks on civilians in Gaza.

Israeli tanks shelled Gaza City on Saturday killing four civilians and injuring at least 25. Israel's army said it was responding to a missile attack on an Israeli military jeep which injured four soldiers.

Gaza factions fired dozens of rockets into Israel in response to the deaths, with Israel launching an airstrike early Sunday which killed two members of Islamic Jihad's military wing.

Israel launched multiple airstrikes on the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, with no injuries reported, and 11 rockets have been fired from Gaza since Monday morning. One rocket struck a home in the city of Netivot at around 7 a.m., causing material damage.

The Salafi organization, the Shura Council of the Mujahedeen, claimed that rocket and Israel promised a tough response.

"We have a full box of tools ... that we have not yet used," Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon told Army Radio. "We will need to toughen our response until Hamas says 'enough' and ends the fire."

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli F-16 fighter jets were hovering over southern Gaza on Monday evening.

Egypt has been trying to broker a ceasefire between the Palestinian factions and Israel, a Palestinian official with knowledge of the contacts told Reuters.

"Nothing has yet been formalized. Israel and Hamas kept their old positions. Calm will be met with calm and escalation with escalation," the official said.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
12/11/2012 19:38
Perhaps Hamas militants should take a pledge to stay completely away from civilian areas.

2 ) Paul / Africa
12/11/2012 19:55
Thats rich coming from a terrprist group that indiscriminately fires rockets at Israeli population centres. Thats a true war crime.

3 ) Christopher / Canada
13/11/2012 04:22
Simple solution: The UN should place peacekeeping troops in Gaza, take over the government there, disarm all the warlords there. A few multi-millionaires in Gaza may "suffer" a drop in income but civilians on both sides would be able to go on with their normal lives.

4 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
13/11/2012 17:21
Both Israel and the Hamas government in Gaza have lodged complaints with the UN. The next step might be for the UN to appoint a go-between acceptable to each side to come up with a solution that each side would be required to respect. This would entail pre-established sanctions if terms of settlement were breached. If the UN could take advantage of these formal complaints, it just might be able to put an end to the suffering in Gaza and southern Israel.
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