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Gaza fighting resumes as truce collapses

Israel recalls its negotiators from Cairo and resumes airstrikes on Gaza Strip, Al-Qassam Brigades say Israel has opened "the gates of hell" onto itself


Hostilities resumed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening following the collapse of a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions (Photo Handout from the Palestinian Ministry of Interior in Gaza)
Hostilities resumed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening following the collapse of a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions
(Photo Handout from the Palestinian Ministry of Interior in Gaza)

Israeli airstrikes killed at least 20 Palestinians in Gaza since the ceasefire negotiations collapsed Tuesday midnight, according to Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson, Ashraf al-Qidra.

The renewed Israeli attacks first targeted the house of Hamas military figure Muhammed Dief on Tuesday night, killing Dief’s wife and child, Hamas spokesman Musa Abu Marzouk said on Wednesday.

Commenting on the failed negotiations, Abu Marzouk said: “Surely, the Israeli stalling and shuffling did not give a chance for the negotiations to succeed, there is no progress worth mentioning.”

Israel recalled its negotiators from Cairo on Tuesday after accusing Hamas of breaking the ceasefire eight hours before it was due to expire.

The Palestinian negotiators later recalled its negotiators on Wednesday morning, and said this was due to the “arrogance” of the Israeli delegation. They accused the Israeli delegation of refusing to respond to all proposals made through the Egyptian mediators.

Head of the Palestinian delegation Azzam Al-Ahmed said: “It is clear that Netanyahu does not want peace, and all of Israel’s actions during the negotiations confirm from the first day that it is not serious in reaching a comprehensive agreement with the Palestinian delegation.”

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health spokesperson, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge has killed around 2028 people and wounded 10,302 others throughout its entire 45 days. A total of 67 Israelis were killed, 64 of whom were soldiers.

“Since the ceasefire was breached by Hamas, over 70 rockets were launched at Israel. In response, the IDF targeted some 60 terror sites across the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Force’s spokesperson unit said.

Izzat Al-Rishq, a member of the Palestinian delegation, said he believes there is a “real blockage” in the negotiations and that Israel continued to evade the Palestinian delegations’ demands.

“Netanyahu and his extremist government bear full responsibility for the breach of the truce and the escalation against our unarmed people,” Al-Rishq said. “Israel will not enjoy security as long as our own Palestinian people do not feel [secure].”

An Israeli strike targeted the Al-Dalou family home in Gaza’s Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood late Tuesday. Israel previously attacked the Al-Dalou family’s home in its 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, killing 12 members of the family at the time.

Civil defence rescue teams recovered the bodies of two Al-Dalou family members, a woman and a child, from the rubble in the aftermath of the more recent Israeli attack.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said: “Lieberman’s call to Netanyahu to continue the war until Hamas surrenders is stupid and foolish.”

In a statement they released on Tuesday, the Al-Qassam Brigades stated Hamas rockets came “in the framework of the enemy’s breaching of the ceasefire, and the massacres committed against our people, especially the bombardment of the Al-Dalou family home.”

“By breaching the truce and attacking the Al-Dalou family’s home, [Israel] has opened on itself the gates of hell,” the Al-Qassam statement read.

The group also took responsibility for firing rockets at Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ben Gurion airport, Beersheva, and other cities after the ceasefire broke.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Egypt expresses “deep sorrow” over the end of the ceasefire, and “the renewed shelling between Israel and the Gaza Strip”.

It stated that Egypt will continue “bilateral contacts with both the Palestinian and Israeli sides to urge renewed commitment to a ceasefire”.

The statement added that this “would open the door for communicating an agreement to guarantee permanent ceasefire and achieving the interests of the Palestinian people, especially in relation to matters pertaining to opening the crossings and reconstruction.”

According to the UN’s Gaza situation report, there are currently around 380,000 people hosted in UNRWA shelters. Over 100,000 people will be “long-term displaced due to destruction/severe damage to their homes,” even in the event of a lasting ceasefire.

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  • ““By breaching the truce and attacking the Al-Dalou family’s home, [Israel] has opened on itself the gates of hell,” the Al-Qassam statement read.

    The group also took responsibility for firing rockets at Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ben Gurion airport, Beersheva, and other cities after the ceasefire broke.”

    Making noise like IS does not help matters for anyone, including Hamas.

    Deja vu – Looks like Vietnamese and US as that war wound down – just get to peace – folks.

  • John4534

    Why Israel will accept any deal to give up anything when it has more than full pie in both her hands, been very well shielded from political, military and economical losses of the conflict? Sadly, the world power has given Israel a clean chit to kill as many and as often any Palestinians, women, babies in the arms, or on playground or in hospitals or schools. More over, the mediator; Egypt has no interest to demand any thing from Israel including DEAD line to reach a deal. If any civility, humanity, morality, justice and fairness is left in the members of the U. N. Security Council; they themselves should make a deal for the both parties and imposed on them with punitive economical, political and diplomatic sanctions on any party not accepting the deal within the dead line. Otherwise, the inhuman killings will continue forever, and more and more Palestinians will be buried day and nights.

  • Richard Barnes

    The things that the Bible has taught us to watch for in the end times are taking place together in the same time frame. We have the Syrian un-civil war and the Iraqi war that has given rise to ISIS which now spans both countries. We have Israel and Hamas having problems again and at war or the negotiation table-if you can call it negotiating. We have Russia taking the Crimea and supporting Ukrainian separatists. We have China ramming and sinking ships off Vietnam and threatening other oil bearing area’s in Pacific. Honestly I could go on and on. We’ve had more major earthquakes of over 5.0 than any year in recorded history, and that was just the first 3 months of this year! The Bible tells us that nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. It tells us that there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places. About 842 million people in the world do not eat enough to be healthy. That means that one in every eight people on Earth goes to bed hungry each night. It’s worse in Egypt as today 1 in 5 people are not eating enough food. While many are starving many suffer from common infectious diseases worldwide with some 300 million illnesses and about 5 million deaths per year. Today’s events, I believe will escalate to a point that we are going to face a new world economic and political order. Soon an agreement of 7 (360 day) years will be made with the nations who hate Israel. That agreement will be viewed as evil in God’s eyes and has been foretold. I wrote a book that discusses some of the prophecies written about in the Bible. It’s a short read of 6 or 7 pages and it’s totally free. I hope you will have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

    • Al Masry

      Delusional LOL

  • Geogrge

    All of Egypt needs to be baptized again like it was in the past.

    “Oh Israel, you will tame the barbarians and bring new life to egypt and libya and west africa and north africa and east africa and South Africa.”

    Say Amen, sons of the nile!

  • Al Masry

    Kill to save life is the war twisted logic. Euro-Zionists have failed to establish a homeland in ME. I hope Arab-Jews will live in peace as they did for millenniums.

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