Israel's Netanyahu says Hamas to blame for Gaza deaths
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 01:14
Israel's Netanyahu makes the rounds on U.S. Sunday morning news programs, saying among other things that Hamas is to blame for civilians deaths in Gaza. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
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STORY: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday (July 27) made the rounds on U.S. Sunday morning news programs to defend Israel's position in its weeks-long conflict with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Speaking on the CBS news program "Face the Nation," Netanyahu placed the blame for the civilian death toll in Gaza from Israeli strikes squarely on Hamas.
"We try to minimize civilian casualties, we tell the civilians 'leave'. Hamas tells them to stay. Why does it tell them to stay? Because it wants to pile up these civilians casualties." Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu also spoke on CNN's "State of the Union" program saying that Hamas had violated its own offer of a 24-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza.
Hamas said it had offered a 24-hour "humanitarian calm" period that had been due to start at 2 p.m. local time (1100 GMT) on Sunday.
However, as 2 p.m. came and went, the sound of heavy Israeli shelling could be heard within Gaza and sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the border area, suggesting Palestinian militants had fired missiles at them.
Some 1,060 Palestinians, mainly civilians and including many children, have been killed in the 20-day conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. Israel says 43 of its soldiers have died, along with three civilians.
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Netanyahu said Hamas had broken five cease-fires that Israel had accepted and implemented.
He told NBC's "Meet the Press" program that going forward a peace initiative being brokered by the Egyptian government "is the only game in town."
He added that Israel's goal was the "demilitarization of Gaza."
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