Hamas rejects talks with Israel

2012-11-15 18:52


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Gaza City - Gaza's Hamas rulers on Thursday said they would not consider a truce with Israel for now, as Israeli planes pounded Gaza and militants fired hundreds of rockets into the Jewish state.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said: "We will not be exposed to further tricks by the occupation.

"We consider talk of a truce at this time an attempt to provide more cover for the continuation of the escalation on Gaza.

"Talk of a truce is another attempt by the occupation at deception," he said, adding that "the enemy started an open war on our people and our resistance in Gaza."

His remarks appeared to rule out any hopes of a quick end to a surge of violence that began with an Israeli targeted killing of top Hamas field commander Ahmed Jaabari on Wednesday.

Since that strike, Israel has carried out at least 150 raids across the Gaza Strip, killing 15 Palestinians, at least seven of them Hamas militants.

In the same period, Gaza militants have fired more than 200 rockets at Israel, killing three people and injuring 16, police and medics said.

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