Hamas turns down cease fire with Israel
You'd think they were winning or something. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have turned down a cease fire with Israel.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri announced Sunday that efforts to achieve a
cease-fire between his movement and Israel have failed.
announcement came shortly after Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met in Cairo
with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and discussed with him ways of
ending the current round of fighting.
Later, Morsi also met with Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shallah and discussed with him the situation in the Gaza Strip.
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh phoned Morsi Sunday and discussed with
him the prospects of achieving a cease-fire, Hamas officials in the Gaza
The officials said that they were unaware of the presence of an Israeli official in Cairo for talks on a cease-fire.
has set two conditions for accepting a cease-fire: lifting the blockade
on the Gaza Strip and international assurances that Israel would stop
assassinations and other military measures
Abu Zuhri said that Hamas and Islamic Jihad were "fully coordinated" in their position regarding the confrontation with Israel.
He was referring to reports that talked about differences between the two parties over reaching a cease-fire with Israel.
to the reports, Islamic Jihad was strongly opposed to a cease-fire with
Israel at this stage, while some Hamas political leaders have asked the
Egyptians and Qataris to help end the fighting.
But as the
Egyptians stepped up their efforts to end the fighting, Hamas's armed
wing, Izaddin al-Kassam, vowed to continue launching rockets and
missiles at Israel to avenge the killing of Palestinians by the IDF on
Sources in the Gaza Strip said that Arab League
Secretary-General Nabil Elarabi was expected to visit Gaza City on
Monday to express solidarity with the Palestinians against the IDF
Elarabi will be accomapnied by the foriegn ministers of Tunisia, Algiers, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, the sources said.
President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday dispatched top Fatah official Nabil
Shaath to the Gaza Strip to receive the Arab League delegation.
it was not clear whether Hamas would allow PA Foreign Minister Riad
Malki to enter the Gaza Strip together with the delegation.
Sounds like a target-rich environment to me with or without Malki. I wonder if the IDF is going to stand down and let Hamas shoot rockets at us like they did when the Egyptian Prime Minister was there.
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