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'No unconditiional truce' in Gaza

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 01:08

Militant commander in Gaza rules out ceasefire with Israel until a blockade of the territory is lifted. Paul Chapman reports.

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Israeli shells pounded Gaza again early on Wednesday. Palestinian health officials said tank fire killed 13 people as houses were hit in Jebalya. Another eight - five of them members of the same family - were killed in other strikes across the Gaza strip. But the chief commander of the armed wing of Hamas which controls the territory said in a rare speech on Tuesday where would be no unconditional ceasefire. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) MOHAMMED DEIF, CHIEF COMMANDER OF IZZ EL-DEEN AL-QASSAM, SAYING: "In this round the occupying entity will not enjoy security unless our people live in freedom and dignity. There will be no ceasefire before the aggression is stopped and the blockade is lifted. We will not accept interim solutions which don't benefit our people." Gaza hospital officials on Wednesday put the total Palestinian death toll at 1224 and rising, most of them civilians, since the conflict began. In the same period 53 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have died.

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'No unconditiional truce' in Gaza

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 01:08