Hamas' armed wing rejects ceasefire amid ongoing Israeli strikes

13:35, April 11, 2011      

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Islamic Hamas movement's armed wing Izel Dein al-Qassam Brigades on Saturday rejected a ceasefire with Israel amid ongoing Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

Abu Obeida, spokesman of the group, told a news conference in Gaza City that his group "reiterates that we can't talk about calm between us and the occupation at the time when it bombard our people and committed massacres."

"The blood of our people is precious and it will not get in vain and we will never let the enemy violate it," said the spokesman, who held Israel responsible for "the criminal escalation against the Gaza Strip."

Abu Obeida, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for targeting several Israeli towns and communities in southern Israel, adding that his group fired 68 homemade rockets and mortar shells.

Israel, in return, intensified its airstrikes on various targets in the coastal enclave, including training posts, weapons caches and militant groups, where 18 Palestinians were killed and 60 wounded, one third of whom were civilians.

Israel earlier announced that it had received a Hamas request through foreign mediators to commit ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Taher al-Nouno, Hamas de facto government's spokesman in Gaza, said in a press statement that many parties are proposing a mutual and synchronical ceasefire in the Gaza Strip with Israel.

Source: Xinhua
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