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Israel says willing to extend truce, will respond to rockets

Nov. 14, 2008 5:47 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 14, 2008 5:47 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Palestinian factions in Gaza have not yet reached the "no return" point if they want to renew the truce with Israel, said a senior official in the office of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Though the source called the launch of homemade projectiles into Israel and the digging of tunnels into Egypt a violation of the terms of the truce, he reiterated that a renewal is still possible.

He added, however, that "Israel will not hesitate to respond and put a stop to any terrorist plan" if the situation reaches that point.

A number of Israeli Knesset Members with the center-right Likud party and rightist opposition criticized what they call the recent "inaction" of the state. They say that Israel has not responded strongly to what it calls "Hamas attacks" which voided the trice long ago.

After invading the Gaza Strip on 4 November under the pretext of an explosive device or tunnel that needed to be destroyed near the Gaza-Israel border and the homemade rocket attacks from Palestinian factions that followed, Israel closed the border crossings into the area.

The electricity station in Gaza has run out of industrial fuel and has shut down, meaning most of Gaza has no electricity. On Thursday UNRWA announced that if food supplies were not allowed into the Gaza Strip they would cease to be able to offer emergency food aid to Palestinians. The food trucks were turned away late Thursday because of "security concerns."

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