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Israel refuses humanitarian truce after Hamas accepts
Published Sunday 27/07/2014 (updated) 28/07/2014 16:42
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Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery cannons unit fire towards the
Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the coastal
Palestinian enclave on July 27, 2014 (AFP Gil Cohen-Magen)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel rejected a proposed 24-hour humanitarian truce on Sunday, hours after Hamas said that all Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip had agreed to observe it.

"They are violating their own ceasefire," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the news network CNN, rejecting the proposal. "Under these circumstances, Israel will do what it must do to defend its people."

Additionally, Netanyahu told American media the only long-term ceasefire Israel was willing to consider was the one proposed by Egypt last week, which Hamas rejected because it has insisted that any long-standing ceasefire should involve the end of the eight-year old Israeli blockade.

The Hamas truce proposal came only hours after Israel announced a resumption of hostilities in Gaza following a day-long pause in the nineteen-day long assault.

"In response to the UN's intervention request to monitor the situation ... it has been agreed between the resistance factions that a 24-hour humanitarian truce will start from 2:00 pm," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

Zuhri said the ceasefire would take place ahead of the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is expected to fall on Monday.

Israel did not immediately respond to the proposal, and both sides continued attacks well past 2:00.

Earlier, Hamas had rejected an Israeli proposal to extend the 12-hour ceasefire that ended at 8:00 p.m Saturday, on the basis that the ceasefire allowed Israel to continue its tunnel operation.

Israel first extended the ceasefire until midnight, and then another 24 hours until midnight on Sunday.

Militant groups in Gaza held fire during the agreed-upon humanitarian window, but began firing rockets minutes after it officially expired at 8:00 p.m on Saturday.

Israeli forces responded by shelling areas in the southern and central Gaza Strip, in addition to killing a man in Deir al-Balah, a Ma'an reporter in Gaza said.

Early Sunday, Israel announced that it had decided to resume attacks on Gaza given factions' rejection of the ceasefire extension.

In renewed attacks on the Strip, Israeli forces killed at least nine Palestinians, bringing the death toll up to 1,032, a Palestinian health ministry spokesman said.

More than 6,000 Palestinians have been injured.

Some 80 percent of those killed by Israeli attacks in Gaza are civilians, according to rights groups.

The UN agency for children says that 192 Palestinian children have been killed during the latest conflict so far.

AFP staff contributed to this report.
1 ) Tobias / USA
27/07/2014 15:06
This is exactly how it began in 2006, 2008, 2012, and this year, with: - Gaza "MILITANT GROUPS BEGAN FIRING ROCKETS" minutes after the ceasefire officially expired at 8:00 p.m on Saturday, AND - ISRAEL FORCES RESPONDED by shelling areas in the southern and central Gaza Strip, from which the rockets were fired.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/07/2014 15:24
This story stayed valid for about 3 minutes, since Hamas has claimed credit for several barrages of rockets fired after 14:00.

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
27/07/2014 15:44
Either the Hamas leadership inside & outside Gaza disagree, and Hamas realizes that it has lost, where: - On Wednesday, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal declared that Israel must accept his list of conditions for a ceasefire in order for any truce, and - Today Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri agreed that resistance factions will start a 24-hour humanitarian truce, from 2:00 pm (1100 GMT), and retracted its earlier demand, of withdrawing IDF troops from Gaza !!

4 ) Patrick O'Shaughnessy / Ireland
27/07/2014 16:07
Dear God, one hopes that Israel & the IDF will back off, allowing these people a 24 hour ceasefire in which they can find & bury their dead. Eid Al Fitr celebrations will not happen, but they can at least observe Eid prayers. We are also praying that if this 24 hour ceasefire comes into effect, that both sides can build on it, using it as a workable means to move continuously into the 7 day negotiations initiative, which Hamas are very keen on accepting. The way forward now is true negotiation.

5 ) Uncle Sufa / USA
27/07/2014 16:36
Lets face it Hamas blew it again! Islamic militants fired rockets continue to pound into southern Israel, while expecting and asking for a humanitarian truce to take effect.

6 ) Hamas violated cease fire / several times
27/07/2014 16:58
why believe them now?

7 ) Benders Smelz / Gemany
27/07/2014 17:01
The al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas’ military wing and other renegade radical Islamic Jihadist terrorist organisations, the al-Quds Brigades military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees and the al-Nasser Salah al-Din brigades, have already violated their own ceasefire.

8 ) jootoo / UK
27/07/2014 19:13
@4 What ''Israel & the IDF will back off''? So he whole of the Jewish State of Israel can be wiped of the map of the Middle East, on Tisha B'Av? Who is kidding who?

9 ) Boil / Romania
27/07/2014 19:17
The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B'Av. As his passed a synagogue he heard the sounds of mourning and crying. "What’s this all about?" Napoleon asked. An aide explained that the Jews were in mourning the loss of their Temple. "When did this happen?" Napoleon asked. The aide replied, "About 1700 years ago." Napoleon said, "Certainly a people which has mourned the loss of their Temple for so long, will merit to see it rebuilt!"

10 ) Maureen / Australia
27/07/2014 21:31
Tzipi Livni has 'thumbed her nose' to the UN. Does that now mean no other nation on earth need abide by international law and should Israel ever be in need of UN assistance, it should be denied?

11 ) Warmonger / -
27/07/2014 21:46
Both sides need to accept a temporary ceasefire now, with a view to negotiation over seven days, or just finish the job completely, winner takes all. In the case of Bibi, this will include never having any peace, security or happiness, and always living with real threat of war from every surrounding country wishing to annihiliate Israel for destroying Gaza.

12 ) Boil / Romania
27/07/2014 23:15
@11 '' always living with real threat of war from every surrounding country wishing to annihilate Israel for destroying Gaza.'' That has been the status from many of the worlds fifty seven Islamic states since 1948, so nothing new there please realize it's a tough neighborhood. And remember another thing Hamas Charter states: the annihilation of the Jewish State of Israel.

13 ) Abdul / India
27/07/2014 23:22
Israel must accept the demands of Hamas if it is really serious about peace.

14 ) Shclong / China
27/07/2014 23:22
@10 another petty antipodean Jew basher, you do not get it do from you down there do you? Hamas wants to wipe Israel of the map, Tzipi Livni does what any government would to protect her citizens, that's avoid them from being killed in their beds, (with or without UN support), by Moslem extremists.

15 ) @ Warmonger-11 / Truth
28/07/2014 02:11
It is probably just a Hamas deception; however, IF HAMAS IS "READY TO COEXIST with Jews", * NOW IS A GOOD TIME FOR PEACE TALKS, which certainly would halt Israel's actions in Gaza, and Hamas should invite all the militant factions, the PLO, and the entire PA Unity government to participate in the talks too !!

16 ) KnightFlash / US
28/07/2014 02:41
I dont understand the title. The title implies that Israel is to blame for the lack of a ceasefire. In reality, the second paragraph states that Hamas broke the cease-fire. What purpose does the title convey except to show the obvious bias against Israel.

17 ) ABE / USA
28/07/2014 03:48
Now they are fighting over a CEASE FIRE!!

18 ) Tobias / USA
28/07/2014 05:20
Israel refuses to leave Hamas attack tunnels intact, that will be used against Israeli civilians in the future, by Hamas to commit war crimes & crimes against humanity, and If that is "Israel refusing a humanitarian truce", then so be it !!!

19 ) Esther Levy / Usa
28/07/2014 14:24
Were the US/UN/EU to give some credence to Hamas & accept them as a legitimate Palestinian resistance movement (along with the other factions), for sure they would agree to discussions aimed at bringing peace. The issue has always been that Hamas (& other factions) voices have been supressed, instead of acknowledged as having legitimacy. Obviously as the saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day", but with goodwill on all sides, it may be possible to make a start on the road to peace.

20 ) Minto / Bangladesh
03/08/2014 17:32
we want peace Israel and Philistine.where is UN ? where is human-right ?
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