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Hamas: No more ceasefires

Nov. 15, 2012 7:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 16, 2012 2:05 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas will not discuss another ceasefire after Israel broke the last truce mediated by Egypt, a spokesman said Thursday.

Israel assassinated Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jaabari on Wednesday, breaking a truce mediated 48 hours earlier by Egypt.

Hamas had committed to the truce, spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said at a news conference in Gaza City. He added that any Israeli talk of another ceasefire was "an Israeli deception" to provide cover for more attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Another Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said Israel had started the war and must bear the consequences. Israel is responsible for ending the aggression, he said.

Militants in Gaza have fired a barrage of rockets at Israeli military sites and across the border, reaching a city close to Tel Aviv, in what they are calling the "Battle of Sijjil."

Barhoum said factions were united and had planned an evolving operation with different stages, beginning by firing short-range rockets and moving on to target Tel Aviv itself.

The Hamas official said a united Palestinian position was needed to face Israeli attacks, and called for all restrictions on Palestinian resistance to be lifted in the West Bank, which is governed by the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority.

He also called for an end to all security coordination with Israel and the release of detainees. The PA cooperates with Israel on security issues and has detained Hamas members in the West Bank.

Barhoum applauded Egypt for standing by Gaza, and thanked Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi for his decisions. Mursi recalled his ambassador to Egypt and has demanded an end to Israel's offensive at the UN Security Council.

The Hamas spokesman urged other Arab countries to follow Egypt's lead and to support Palestinian resistance.
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