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IDF Confirms Renewed Attacks from Gaza Amid 24-Hour Cease-Fire

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:11:33 +0000

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(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) -- Israel Defense Forces is targeting "terror sites" in Gaza after confirming renewed rocket attacks from the area.   

"Yet again, terrorists breach the ceasefire and renew fire at Israeli civilians from Hamas ruled Gaza Strip. This continued aggression will be addressed accordingly by the IDF; we will continue striking terror infrastructure, pursuing terrorists, and eliminating terror capabilities in the Gaza Strip, in order to restore security for the State of Israel," said IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.

Until midnight Tuesday, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators had agreed late Monday that a cease-fire between the two sides would continue, but now Israel says the militant group Hamas has violated the deal. The 24-hour extension of the truce would have allowed for the two sides to hammer out a long-term agreement to end hostilities that led to the invasion of Gaza and 2,000 deaths, nearly all of them Palestinians.

Al Jazeera reported that the Israelis and Palestinians had agreed to more serious talks within a month to discuss such issues as building a Gaza seaport, one of the demands made by Hamas.

The plan discussed by negotiators also includes the reconstruction of Gaza following weeks of bombardment by Israeli war jets and rockets. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would oversee this project.

There was no word about Israel's chief demand -- that is, the demilitarization of Hamas to guarantee the security of the homeland.


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