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Hamas talks truce as death toll climbs past 500

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 01:24

Hamas deputy chief Ismail Haniyeh sets terms for a truce as Israeli forces advance on Gaza. Deborah Gembara reports.

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High security along the border with Gaza as the death toll climbed above 500. Israeli forces were on the move ---- their advance --- backed by jets and tank fire. They pounded this neighborhood near the southern border --- wounded civilians had to evacuate --- including children. Injuries weren't confined to Gaza --- Israeli forces suffered several injuries as Hamas fired across the border. By late afternoon, the Islamist group's deputy chief had, had enough. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEPUTY HAMAS CHIEF ISMAIL HANIYEH, SAYING: "Gaza is a graveyard for the invaders ." Ismail Haniyeh called for a ceasefire with these terms. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEPUTY HAMAS CHIEF ISMAIL HANIYEH, SAYING: "The aggression must be stopped and a guarantee should be given it would not be repeated. The blockade must be lifted, this unjust blockade that our Palestinian people are living in." His call for a ceasefire came in the wake of many calls from the West for an end to the violence - and as Washington dispatched its top diplomat to Egypt to try and broker a truce.

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Hamas talks truce as death toll climbs past 500

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 01:24