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Hamas: Israel violated truce after false rocket fire claims

Aug. 20, 2014 9:50 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2014 10:26 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Hamas spokesman on Wednesday accused Israel of having violated the temporary ceasefire on Tuesday, saying that Israel had failed to offer a serious partner for peace in ongoing negotiations in Cairo.

Hamas spokesman Moussa Abu Marzouq told Ma'an via telephone on Wednesday that Israel "ended the truce and claimed that three rockets hit Israel, which Hamas had no information about."

Abu Marzouq added that "all options" are on the table now, saying that the group was ready for peace but was not afraid of continuing to defend itself if Israel continued to choose war.

"All options are open now: a new truce, keeping the war going, or signing an agreement," he added.

He said that Egypt is currently making efforts with both sides as part of ongoing attempts to reach a lasting agreement to bring to an end a six-week Israeli assault that has left more than 2,040 Palestinians dead.

"We presented a new proposal (that offered) the least of our rights to the Egyptian side, who gave it to the Israelis yesterday. Instead of responding, they were ordered to leave," Abu Marzouq he said.

Abu Marzouq said that Israel had failed in negotiations and that on Wednesday they attempted to assassinate the military leader of Hamas' military wing, Muhammad Deif, but had failed.

Indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israel have failed to achieve results, with Hamas accusing Israel repeatedly of "stalling" and refusing to make any concessions.

Palestinians have demanded that Israel end its eight-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has crippled the tiny coastal enclave's economy and led to widespread suffering.

Israel, however, has demanded Gaza demilitarize, a demand that Palestinian resistance groups have scoffed at.

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