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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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Hamas admits to Gaza ambush, Israel continues shelling

Saturday, August 02, 2014 - 01:33