Hamas admits to Gaza ambush, Israel continues shelling
Saturday, August 02, 2014 - 01:33
Hamas acknowledges responsibility for a deadly Gaza Strip ambush in which an Israeli army officer may have been captured. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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The night sky in central Gaza lights up... smoke billowing in the aftermath.
Israel continues shelling the area -- a day after a 72-hour ceasefire was broken.
Though both sides deny violating the truce, Hamas acknowledged responsibility for a deadly ambush where an Israeli army officer may have been captured.
An act strongly condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, says a spokesman:
SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
"Such moves call into question the credibility of Hamas' assurances to the United Nations. The secretary-general demands the immediate and unconditional release of the captured soldier."
Sixty-three Israeli soldiers have been killed in the violence so far.
People in southern Israel are distraught by the news of a captured soldier.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) HARRIET, SAYING:
"I don't know where it's going to go but it's so discouraging and so heartbreaking. When I heard the news yesterday I just... I just wanted to cry and you lose your faith in wanting to believe that there is a way out of this."
Israel's 25-day-old offensive has killed more than a thousand Palestinians.
Hospitals are overflowing with victims.
Gaza neighborhoods are in ruins. An all too familiar scene, as residents try their best to pick up the pieces.
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