Hamas warns foreign airlines against flying into Tel Aviv, declares truce talks with Israel over
Published on Aug 21, 2014 1:09 AM
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The armed wing of Hamas warned foreign airlines on Wednesday against flying into Tel Aviv, threatening to step up its six-week conflict with Israel and declaring truce talks in Cairo over.
"We are warning international airlines and press them to stop flying into Ben Gurion airport from 6am (11am Singapore time) Thursday," said Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida in a televised speech.
Dressed in military fatigues with his face wrapped in a red and white chequered headscarf, he said Hamas was abandoning efforts to negotiate a durable ceasefire with Israel at Egyptian-brokered talks.
"We are calling on the Palestinian delegation to withdraw immediately from Cairo and not to return," said Abu Obeida in a speech broadcast on Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV channel.
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