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Israeli army to resume strikes on Gaza
Published Sunday 27/07/2014 (updated) 27/07/2014 22:58
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Israeli soldiers stand on top of a Merkava tank stationed at an army
deployment area along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on July
26, 2014 (AFP Gil Cohen-Magen)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army said in a statement early Sunday that it would resume attacks on Gaza by air, land, and sea in response to rocket fire from Gaza militants.

Officials had earlier said Israel would extend Saturday's brief humanitarian ceasefire until Sunday, but that its soldiers would continue searching for and destroying tunnels in the Strip throughout that time.

Hamas and other factions rejected the truce extension, with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine saying it was an attempt to ignore Palestinian demands.

"Ceasefire isn't acceptable without accepting the demands of the resistance," PFLP official Jamil Muzhir said in a statement.

Hamas said in a statement that "no humanitarian ceasefire is valid without Israeli tanks withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and without residents being able to return to their homes and ambulances carrying bodies being able to freely move around in Gaza."

An Islamic Jihad official agreed with the response, saying his movement would not commit to any ceasefire that did not guarantee the rights of the Palestinian people.

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Popular Resistance Committees released a similar statement.

Militant groups in Gaza held fire during the agreed-upon humanitarian window, but began firing rockets minutes after it expired at 8:00 p.m on Saturday.

Israeli forces responded by shelling areas in the southern and central Gaza Strip, in addition to killing a man in Deir al-Balah, a Ma'an reporter in Gaza said.

Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that the army had announced the death of an additional soldier, bringing the number of Israeli troops killed in the ground invasion on the Strip to 43.

Three civilians in Israel have also been killed by militant attacks, one of whom was volunteering at a military base when he died.

At least 1,049 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 6,000 injured during Israel's assault on the Strip, some 80 percent of them civilians according to rights groups.

According to the UN agency for children, 192 Palestinian children have been killed during the latest conflict so far.
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1 ) Sonia / Belgium
27/07/2014 11:19
You cannot avoid calling and thinking of the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees and the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades, as a bunch of wankers. They clearly have no concern for the working class Arab in the Gaza Strip. Those who wants to feed and educate their children and to be able to give health care to their grandparents.

2 ) Orphan / Finland
27/07/2014 11:33
What else can Israel do, than unearth Hamas' military infrastructure for good? Why don't Hamas use the millions of dollars for Gazans instead of weapons and tunnels? Just now Hamas is consulting with North Korea for new arms delivery. Everything on the expence of Gazan citizen. When at last do the world see und understand this?

3 ) Stan Squires / canada
28/07/2014 21:12
I am from Vancouver,Canada and I condemns the Canadian gov. for supporting Israel.The govs. of Canada,USA and the EU are complicit in these war crimes by Israel against the people of Gaza.Israel alone should be condemned for these war crimes.The western govs. like to condemn Hamas.It is Israel that they should be condemning.All fire should be directed against Israel and not Hamas or any other Palestinian Organization. The people of Gaza got the support of the majority of people of the world.
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