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Hamas to resume fighting if talks with Israel fail: spokesman

Published on Aug 8, 2014 3:20 AM
Palestinian children enjoy refreshments and hold Hamas flags during rally in support of the movement in downtown Gaza City on August 7, 2014 while diplomatic efforts entered a final countdown in Cairo, as Egyptian mediators rushed to broker an extension to the ceasefire which is due to expire at 5am GMT on August 8, shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian teams. -- PHOTO: AFP

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - A spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned on Thursday of renewed fighting with Israel if talks in Cairo to extend a 72-truce in Gaza collapsed.

“We appeal to the Palestinian delegation to not accept a ceasefire, unless it satisfies the demands of our people,” a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address, adding that Hamas fighters were “ready to return to battle.”

The three-day truce ending four weeks of bloodshed between Israel and Hamas, in which 1,886 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side were killed, is due to end at 5am GMT Friday (1pm Singapore time).

The sides have so far failed to negotiate an agreement to extend the truce, with the Palestinians accusing Israel of “procrastinating”.

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