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Hamas: With strikes, Israel seeks to topple govt

April 9, 2011 3:38 P.M. (Updated: April 10, 2011 12:40 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- "Israel will not succeed in toppling the government or breaking the will of Palestinians," a Hamas spokesman said in Gaza City on Saturday morning.

Fawzi Barhoum and Sami Zuhari, spokesmen of Hamas, told reporters that Israel sought once again to use military force to topple the Gaza government, and accusing the Israeli military of crimes against humanity in the targeting of civilians.

"Hamas holds Israel responsible for the escalation," Barhoum said, because its military failed to cease fire when Palestinian resistance factions announced their policy of restraint.

The spokesmen said Hamas would "not stand idly by if the escalation continues."

Already Saturday, resistance groups claimed 22 projectile and missile launches targeting Israeli military and civilian areas.

Following a call from President Mahmoud Abbas to the Arab League for an emergency meeting later set for Sunday at noon, Hamas appealed on the Arab people to "express their solidarity and reject the Israeli aggression."

An Israeli military spokesman told Ma'an Arabic that Israel continues to hold Hamas accountable for the lives of civilians in Gaza, and said Israel would retaliate against projectile fire.

"Israel will not give Hamas the chance to decide when the bombing starts and when it ends," he said.
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