Hamas denies agreeing to temporary ceasefire
Iran Press TV
Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:37PM GMT
The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has denied that it accepted a 24-hour ceasefire with Israel, saying it would only consider a truce offer when it is assured of Israeli commitment.
'When we get an Israeli commitment with international guarantees regarding a humanitarian truce, then we will study it. But to declare a unilateral ceasefire while the occupying forces are killing our children, then this will not be,' Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Tuesday.
The Hamas spokesman's comments came shortly after senior Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) official Yasser Abed Rabbo said that all Palestinian factions had accepted a UN-requested humanitarian ceasefire with the possibility of an extension.
'The Palestinian leadership, following consultations with the leadership in Hamas and Islamic Jihad, announces in the name of all of these our readiness for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire for 24 hours,' Abed Rabbo said in the West Bank on Tuesday.
He also warned Israel that it must face the consequences if the regime rejects the call. Israeli spokesman, Mark Regev, however, quickly rejected the call.
The Israeli regime is continuing its relentless aerial and ground attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip for the 22nd consecutive day, causing more deaths and destruction.
At least 100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed and many more injured since the Israeli regime threatened to escalate the war on Gaza Monday night.
Since July 8, Israeli warplanes have been pounding numerous sites in the Gaza Strip, demolishing houses and burying families in the rubble. Israeli forces also began a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17.
The overall death toll among the Palestinians in more than three weeks of Israeli attacks has neared 1,200. More than 6,700 others have been injured.
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