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Hamas and Israel trade blame for truce failure

Friday, August 01, 2014 - 01:27

The Islamist Hamas group and Israel are blaming each other for the collapse of a 72-hour cease-fire, after just ninety minutes. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The scramble to find the living and the dead in Gaza as a short-lived ceasefire ends. And with the fighting comes a war of words, with each side blaming the other for breaking the truce. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) Hamas SPOKESMAN, FAWZI BARHOUM, SAYING: "The Israeli enemy is the one that breached the truce, when Israeli special forces entered the eastern side of Rafah." Israel in turn blames Hamas. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON MARK REGEV, SAYING: "Unfortunately at 09:30, barely one and half hours after the start of the cease-fire, Hamas forces opened fire at our forces in direct violation of the cease-fire, deadly fire," Israel's main ally, The U.S. is also blaming Hamas for violating the ceasefire. While on the streets of the West Bank Palestinian anger over yet more Israeli attacks on Gaza, is boiling over More than 1,500 Palestinians, mostly civilians have been killed in the conflict while on the Israeli side sixty-three soldiers and three civilians have died. One soldier is reported missing. This after hopes the ceasefire would turn into durable calm.

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Hamas and Israel trade blame for truce failure

Friday, August 01, 2014 - 01:27