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Hamas warns foreign airlines against flying into Tel Aviv, declares truce talks with Israel over

Published on Aug 21, 2014 1:09 AM
Smoke rises from buildings following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on August 20, 2014. Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas' top military commander, baying for revenge as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed. -- PHOTO: AFP 

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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