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Hamas denies agreeing to 24-hour humanitarian ceasefire
Published Tuesday 29/07/2014 (updated) 30/07/2014 11:17
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A Palestinian looks at people collecting items and belongings from a
destroyed building on July 27, 2014 in the Shujaiyya residential district
of Gaza City as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble
(AFP Marco Longari)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Tuesday denied that it had accepted a deal for a humanitarian ceasefire for 24 hours, contrary to earlier reports.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that "Yasser Abed Rabbu's statement that Hamas agreed to a ceasefire for 24 hours is not true and has nothing to do with the resistance's stand."

"We will consider a ceasefire when Israel commits to it with international guarantees," Abu Zuhri added.

However, Yasser Abed Rabbo later said in a statement the Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal had agreed to the ceasefire proposal.

The Palestinian leadership had earlier declared they were "prepared" for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire for 24 hours, after Israeli bombardment since midnight had killed more than 100 Palestinians and injured hundreds, as well as knocking out the Gaza Strip's sole power plant.

All major Palestinian political factions declared in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that they were willing to "react positively" towards a UN proposal for 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire during an emergency meeting held on Tuesday in Ramallah, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas.

The statement said that the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad had decided that a united Palestinian delegate would be heading to Cairo to discuss the upcoming move.

"We call upon all Arab and international parties to support this positive stand, and to hold Israel responsible for rejecting this proposal after all factions accepted it," the statement said.

The statement held Israel responsible for "their continuous war crimes that they keep committing every hour in Gaza," adding: "We have already began procedures to hold them responsible internationally for their crimes."

"We call upon our people, despite their pains and wounds, to have more faith that we will keep working day and night until we get rid of those murderers and war criminals."

Israel has killed nearly 1,200 Palestinians in its 22-day assault, and injured more nearly 7,000.

Additionally more than 5,000 homes have been destroyed, while nearly 30,000 have been damaged in the assault, the deadliest since 2009.
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1 ) Arnold / Canada
29/07/2014 17:55
When the Hebrews climbed onto Masada to get away from the Roman Legion they would have grabbed at the chance to give up and establish a dialogue with Rome had they had the chance. Rome would have nothing to do with that and so they were conquered and perished. Here we have Israel willing to have a ceasefire to possibly lead to a cessation of hostilities and Hamas refuses. Hamas is willing to let as many Palestinians die to save face.

2 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
29/07/2014 18:01
Palestinians still can not get their act together.

3 ) Uncle Sufa / USA
29/07/2014 18:06
Mel and Maureen, the military wing of Hamas needs to pop out of it's air-con control and command center. And look at the damage THEY have caused to the Arabs of Gaza's homes and to the infrastructure of the ''Singapore of the Mediterranean''

4 ) Tobias / USA
29/07/2014 18:19
- It seems that there will only be a ceasefire, when Hamas accepts Israel continuing to destroy it's entire attack tunnel network, and
- It seems that that every Hamas rejection (bullet, mortar, or rocket) will just lead to a great many more deaths, injuries, and refugees in Gaza !!

5 ) hamid from india / india
29/07/2014 18:38
Israil is a terrorist state and murder of humanity

6 ) Tibi / Tubas
29/07/2014 18:49
Perhaps Hamas and other Islamic militants can fight the Zionists forever from their tunnels in Gaza, but
They should realize that soon there will Not be much left of Gaza,
to fight for, since essentially all the buildings will be rubble, and
all the people will be either dead or have gone into exile !!

7 ) Karim / Canada
29/07/2014 20:49
We now know that Israeli Jews and uninspired Christian leaders are themselves the true Anti-Semites. Arabs have semetic DNA and are thus decended from New Testament Judean Hebrews who have always lived on that land. Israeli Jews are 90% Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe without semetic DNA. Research proves them descended from Turks and Mongols, thus having no claim to Palestine at all. Their "chosen" status is a farce, and Palestinians along with minority Hebrew Jews are that people whom Jes

8 ) Shamsuddeen A. Umar / Nigeria
30/07/2014 00:02
We are with you the palestinian may Allah continue to protect you from your enemy israel and US

9 ) Abdul-Nadul / Romania
30/07/2014 09:29
The civilian population that lives within these urban areas is often exploited by Hamas
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