Palestinian, Israeli air strikes continue after failed truce
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 01:53
Israel resumed air strikes in the Gaza Strip, six hours after agreeing to an Egyptian-proposed truce that failed to halt Hamas rocket attacks. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Gaza residents woke up to scenes of destruction Tuesday morning.
Rubble and debris litter the ground, after Israeli air strikes continued overnight.
This, after an Egyptian-proposed truce failed to halt Hamas rocket attacks.
The Hamas' armed wing rejected the ceasefire, saying its battle with Israel would "increase in ferocity and intensity".
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS SPOKESMAN SAMI ABU ZUHRI SAYING:
"We in Hamas movement did not receive from any side regarding the aggression in Gaza - we only heard about these proposals in the media. These suggestions have no value because they were not proposed to the movement and nobody discussed it with the movement before. To end the fighting, before reaching the conditions of the resistance, we refuse it. We will not stop the fighting before they accept all the conditions of the Palestinian resistance. "
Rocket damage was seen in a city west of Jerusalem, though no casualties were reported there.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says they are prepared to redouble military action if launches persist.
Speaking in Vienna, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemns Hamas
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING:
"I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets, in multiple numbers, in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire in which Egypt and Israel joined together and the international community strongly supports the idea of a ceasefire, the need, the compelling need to have a ceasefire."
As rockets continue to fly on both sides, Gaza health officials says at least 184 Palestinians have died in the flare-up, most of them civilians.
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