Israel rejects humanitarian ceasefire after Hamas accepts

Israel rejects humanitarian ceasefire after Hamas accepts
Mon Jul 28, 2014 09:55:10

The Israeli regime has rejected a proposed 24-hour humanitarian truce, hours after Hamas said that all Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip had agreed to observe it.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the temporary halt to fighting, insisting Sunday in a CNN interview that the regime was only willing to consider the long-term ceasefire plan proposed last week by Egypt which Hamas rejected because it did not include the key resistance demand for an end to the Zionist regime's 8-year-old blockade of the impoverished enclave.

The Hamas truce proposal came only hours after the Tel Aviv regime announced its resumption of brutal bombardment of the densely-populated Gaza following a day-long pause in the 19-day onslaught on the coastal sliver.

"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 was expected to fall on Monday.

The Israeli regime did not immediately respond to the proposal, and both sides continued attacks well past 2:00 pm on Sunday.

In renewed attacks on the Strip, Zionist forces killed at least nine more Palestinians, bringing the death toll up to 1,032, a Palestinian health ministry spokesman said. More than 6,000 Palestinians have also been injured so far.

Near 90 percent of those killed by the 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 Zionist onslaught so far.


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