Hamas rejects talks with Israel

2012-11-15 18:52

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.

  • theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-15 19:21

    Same old story, blame Israel for it's retaliation. Over 250 rockets was fired by the terrorists, and you blame Israel for protecting it's citizens. The pro palestinian PR machine is running full speed deceiving the people...This whole thing began NOT with Israel, but with Hamas's firing rockets into Israeli towns...get the reporting straight you lairs.

      Sharon Gien-Cambier - 2012-11-16 08:21

      these people are shooting rockets which are backfiring as well, or maybe the shooting the wrong way round. but of course its Israels fault...the death of women and children.

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-11-15 19:23

    150 Raids killing 15 people? 200 Rockets killing 3? Something wrong with these figures....

  • Avital - 2012-11-15 22:06

    Another shoddy piece of journalism by news24. The agression BEGAN with 100s of rockets being fired into civilian Israel. You people are so biased it makes you look stupid. - 2012-11-16 07:30

      We know Hamas started this... sadly Israel can not end it! You people are too humane, too soft! There is only one way to act with death-loving-fundamentalists and that is to give them what they want (death). Sadly Israel, after having experienced one of the worst human tragedies on earth (1940’s holocaust) would not be able to protect themselves in that way (ruthless). Israel is not strong enough to do to Hamas what Hamas is asking for (militarily they are strong enough, but their respect for ‘life’ is stronger) thus the circle of violence will continue until Hamas, through Iran, get hold of nuclear weapons – and then the Arab world, from Morocco to Mecca, from Afghanistan to Yemen, will be uninhabitable for 3000 years due to the nuclear waste… Israel is losing time, the whole western and free world is depending on you… the outcome looks bleak for us all.

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