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    Gaza Fighting Resumes as Talks Founder

    Palestinians carry books they salvaged from a mosque in Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
    Palestinians carry books they salvaged from a mosque in Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza City, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
    VOA News

    Israel says it will not negotiate under fire as it continues to bombard Gaza in response to rockets from Hamas militants, and Palestinian delegates at the Gaza truce talks in Cairo say they will walk away from negotiations on a long-term cease-fire if Israelis fail to show Sunday.

    Palestinian officials said they have been expecting an Israeli delegation to return to Cairo Sunday for talks with Egyptian negotiators, but Israeli officials say they will not join the talks as long as the attacks continue.

    Both sides exchanged attacks Saturday, a day after a 72-hour-long cease-fire expired and with no progress in Cairo toward a longer term truce. The Israeli army says Hamas fired 100 rockets at Israel since the truce ended, and that Israel targeted what it calls "120 terror sites and nine operatives."

    Palestinians stand in rubble of the al-Qassam mosque in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.Palestinians stand in rubble of the al-Qassam mosque in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
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    Palestinians stand in rubble of the al-Qassam mosque in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
    Palestinians stand in rubble of the al-Qassam mosque in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

    ​The Israeli military charged that Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip violated the 72-hour cease-fire hours before it was scheduled to expire on Friday morning.

    An Israeli government spokesman said Hamas fighters have been indiscriminately targeting civilians.

    “Hamas has indiscriminately targeted men, women and children. And in so doing, Hamas has not only shown its total disregard for Israeli life, but has shown it has no qualms whatsoever about once again endangering and bringing tragedy upon the civilian population of Gaza,” said Regev.

    Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed in the fighting.  Most of the Israeli casualties occurred during a ground invasion by Israeli troops to destroy Hamas' cross-border tunnels.

    More than 1,900 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed.
     
    Hamas says it will not stop fighting until Israel lifts its seven-year blockade of Gaza. Israel says it will end the blockade only after Gaza is de-militarized, a condition Hamas rejects.

    Hamas denied firing rockets first. It said Israel failed to meet its demands at cease-fire talks in Cairo, namely the lifting of a crippling blockade on Gaza and construction of a seaport. Hamas spokesman Hussam Badran says now the group is playing by different rules.

    Badran says Hamas is negotiating with a finger on the trigger, and will not raise the white flag.

    Israel has categorically rejected Hamas’s demand for a seaport, saying it will not allow Gaza to be flooded with weapons. Israeli officials also say they will not negotiate under fire.

    The Israeli blockade of Gaza has choked the Gazan economy and kept Palestinians from traveling.

    U.S. President Barack Obama says Gaza cannot sustain itself and is not capable of providing jobs and economic growth.  He says the territory cannot remain permanently closed off from the world.

    Robert Berger contributed reporting from Jerusalem.

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    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    August 09, 2014 11:33 PM
    VOA can report all your bias news and post all your bias comments your want. Israel is not going nowhere. Your all will see Israel living in your eyes. Remember these word. And the fact that she lives, it will hurt your.

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    August 09, 2014 11:29 PM
    First of all, why the Palestinians cannot stay in Gaza? secondly why do they need for Israel to open their border to Hamas? why? Thirdly Hamas said Egypt should open the Raffa crossing to them? why? they need to stay where you are and develop their land. How are you going to put a demand on another to open their border to you? it is like mexico or Canada telling the U.S to open their border to them or else they will fire at the U.S position. If anyone on VOA say Israel occupied the Land, do yourself a great favour, dont be naive, we are living in a modern time now, there are information all over, read for yourself. read what the Koran has to say about the land, Israel and the children of Israel. Read history and see what it says about Israel and the Israeli and Jews, above all read the Bible, it is a slap in your face. cause the Bible is one of the oldest history and spiritual book of all time. Or your know the truth and do want to except the truth.
    Hamas was caught up in lies, firing rockets from the UN school, the Mosques, and residential area, yet and still you guys don't want to see the truth. I don't care what your do or report your bias news, there is no military in that Middle east that can remove Israel from her ancient Biblical home land. That is not happening, so your and yours Hamas can forget about that. Israel is not going nowhere.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    August 09, 2014 6:06 PM
    THE WISE MAN said it;... A Hamas ceasefire without Israeli blockade concessions is a surrender and defeat, (and all the innocent Palestinian civilians killed by Israel, would have died for nothing), and if Hamas and the Palestinians don't fight on, (no matter how many lives it costs), and don't get the inhumane Israeli blockade concessions lifted now, (then), their children and grandchildren, will have to continue the fight and dying, for the lifting of the inhumane Israeli blockades, and the lifting of the inhumane Israeli apartheid occupation, at another later date.... (What will the Palestinians leave their children and grandchildren?)

    THE LEGEND LIVES ON;.... The Hamas and Palestinians in tiny Gaza fought Israel, (the greatest military force in the Middle East), and still are undefeated and defiant, and the rockets will keep firing till they run out, and then they'll fight with RPGs and AK-47s till they run out of ammunition, and then they'll throw rocks, till Israel lifts the inhumane blockade of Gaza, (and then), lifts the inhumane apartheid occupation of the Palestinians..... A great American "quote" said it;... "Give me liberty, or give me death"..... (Hamas is becoming a legend in the Islamic world, and Israel is now famous for killing innocents?)

    by: Shahzad from: Canada
    August 09, 2014 5:37 PM
    Ali, that is so true, my family escaped in 81 our beloved country Iran. We have known nothing but misery in Canada. We want to come back to Iran. But the depravity of the Mullahs and the atrocities of the Arabs makes us so afraid. I noticed that America and Canada do not really understand what it is. Hamas, Al Qaeda, ISIL, Fatah, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah... Islamic Jihad are all the same - and only Israel - may God bless them - have the moral clarity and operational certainty, the power and the courage to fight these murderous blood thirsty scumbags that practice sexual enslavement and mutilation of Yazidis, Christians, Azeris, Armenians, Kurds... I look at Europe and I see complete confusion and fear. I hate to think what will happen to Humanity if Israel is defeated... Israel - you know that they are God's beloved, His Chosen People. We learn the name of Israel before we learn to pronounce our own name... They are enlightened humanity. You can gage the health of the world in reference to Israel.
    Hate fear moral confusion uncertainty and hesitation - rein the world. We have allowed the diabolical Islam to have equal grounds with Israel - and that is a shame

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