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Israel steps up offensive as Hamas says `no` to truce

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 07:13

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: At least three people were killed as Israel resumed air strikes in Gaza Strip after peace talks with Hamas faltered, as per news reports on Wednesday.

Hamas military wing had reportedly disagreed to ceasefire proposed by Egypt.
Shortly after Hamas refused the ceasefire proposal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that they are faced with no other alternative but to step up the air attacks.

"When there is no ceasefire, our answer is fire," Mr Netanyahu said, as per BBC news report.
Around 200 people have been killed in attacks by Israel in the last eight days.

Meanwhile, Israeli air raids targeted the home of senior Hamas official Mahmud al-Zahar on the ninth day of Operation Protective Edge today.

However, no one was home at the time of air strike, the AFP reported.

First Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 06:24

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