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Israel Says Gaza Militants Broke Cease-fire

Palestinians walk amid the ruins of destroyed homes in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City, Aug. 6, 2014.
Palestinians walk amid the ruins of destroyed homes in the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in Gaza City, Aug. 6, 2014.
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The Israeli military has accused militants in the Gaza Strip of violating a cease-fire, just hours before it was scheduled to expire on Friday morning.

In a statement on Twitter, the Israeli military said two rockets from Gaza landed in southern Israel. No injuries were reported as a result of the rocket fire.

Officials from Hamas and Israel have been holding indirect talks in Egypt in an attempt to extend the 72-hour cease-fire, which is set to end at 8 a.m. Friday, local time.

Both sides have warned they are ready to resume fighting if provoked, and they appear far apart on the terms for extending the humanitarian truce.

Israeli officials have said they are willing to unilaterally extend the cease-fire if necessary.

The cease-fire brought an end to four weeks of fighting that killed nearly 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three civilians also were killed.

Hamas is demanding that Israel lift its blockade of a Gaza seaport, which has choked the Gazan economy and kept Palestinians from traveling.

Israel is insisting that Hamas disarm.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told CNN television that if the war starts up again, it will be clear who is responsible for the violence and carnage.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Israeli action is justified.  He called every civilian casualty a tragedy, but one of Hamas' own making, saying the militant group fires weapons and puts fighters among the civilian population.

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.

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by: Lawrence Bush from: Houston, Texas
August 08, 2014 5:06 AM
Exactly, very accurately that I'd predicted. Now, the talks to take place after Israel completely routs the Hamas militia.

by: meanbill from: USA
August 08, 2014 12:10 AM
Hamas told the Israeli's and the world, "that accepting a ceasefire without Israeli concessions, would be a surrender, (and the thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians killed and wounded by the Israeli's, would have died and been wounded for nothing), and Hamas will keep on firing the rockets till they run out of them, and then fire their RPGs and AK-47s till they run out of ammunition, and then they'll throw rocks..... (OR, the Israeli's can try to defeat them in a ground war, in hand to hand combat like men, instead of the Israeli's killing defenseless civilian men, women, children and babies)....

Israel wants to extend the ceasefire like they did in the other Israeli/Palestinian wars, (and then), negotiate on a permanent ceasefire, (and then), after all the Palestinian militants disarm, and give up their weapons, (and only then), will Israel negotiate the lifting of the inhumane apartheid occupation they forced on the Palestinians, (but like always), the Israeli's have never ever kept their word on anything, other than a ceasefire..... (Tell the US to give the Israeli's more bullets, missiles, rockets and bombs, to kill more defenseless Palestinian civilians)..... Tell them !!!!!

by: Faiyaz Ahmed S M from: India
August 07, 2014 11:54 PM
This is with regards to the comments from Nazarene from U S A- it is the belief amongst the Zionists that they are the chosen people and whatever they do is divinely pre-approved which makes Israel kill even children with no regrets. I would like Jews to remember that Zionists do not consider ordinary Jews to belong to the Chosen People category and Jews are as much vulnerable to Zionists' murderous strategies as Muslims. So people like Nazarene should think before they express their wish.

by: Kai Walling from: Oregon
August 07, 2014 11:07 PM
Nazarene, Sam, I am a Jew and I would like to think I have the qualities of a good Jew. That being said, you both come off as insane. That is all.

by: Anonymous
August 07, 2014 10:45 PM
The war should continue until peace is achieved

by: Sam from: USA
August 07, 2014 2:03 PM
I read your comment Nazarene... RESPECT..!! the truth is that you can not say the same thing about any other nation in the world - but Israel.
Which other nation proclaimed that One God does it all..?
Which other nation gave us a codified laws of morality..?
Which other nation gave us our earliest written history..?
Which other nation gave us Jesus..?
Which other nation rejected Muhammad as an epileptic pedophile war lord..?
Which other nation has done more to changed our understanding of Physics..? Mathematics..? Medicine..?
Which other nation exposed the corruption of Hitler and Stalin..? and now the UN..? and Islam..? and I can go on and on...

God Bless You Israel - you are the soul of Humanity.
and if you are threatened - roar and unleash your fury for you are God's beloved.

by: eusebio manuel vestias from: Portugal
August 07, 2014 12:51 PM
Stop the War Palestine and Israel

by: Nazarene from: USA
August 07, 2014 12:13 PM
well, we all know that Israel is a nation of morality and laws and consequently will not break the back of this malignant islamic organization. I wish they have though. I wish they just put a stop to this malignant metastatic Islamic disease that spread all over the Middle East. Look at Iraq under the influence of Iran... look at Lebanon under the same influence... look at Syria... soon the same depravity will visit Jordan and Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and Egypt.

i only prey that ISIL will devastate Iran before Israel put a stop to it. Israel, again, you are chosen to lead the world... so much of our collective history is connected to this tiny nation. i know it isn't easy for you - but God Bless You Israel, angels of mercy and retribution.

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