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No progress in Hamas-Israel truce prolongation talks

August 07, 2014, 11:18 UTC+3 TEL AVIV
Proxies of Hamas armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades made it clear their militants were still on the border and considered this truce temporary
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TEL AVIV, August 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Hamas and Israel talks in Cairo have so far failed to prolong the 72-hour truce announced on August 5. The first two days of ceasefire saw no violations on any of the sides.

According to the Palestinian news agency Maan, indirect negotiations go on but the progress is difficult. Resistance movements still had no answer to their requirements from the occupants, one of Hamas leaders Ismail Radwan told the Palestinian media.

Proxies of Hamas armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades made it clear their militants were still on the border and considered this truce temporary.

By the start of truce on Tuesday, the Israeli army had withdrawn all ground elements from the Gaza Strip but the troops remained near the border, said the army’s press office. The mission was accomplished as the army had destroyed Hamas tunnels leading to Israel thus making Israeli territory safer, the press office added. Destruction of these tunnels was the aim of the ground phase of Operation Protective Edge (Solid Rock in Hebrew).

The 29-day operation hit 4,800 targets and eliminated 32 tunnels in the Gaza Strip, an army command proxy told ITAR-TASS. The operation that started on July 8 killed more than1,800 Palestinians and injured 9,000. The battle killed 64 Israeli soldiers and officers. Three Israeli civilians lost their lives as a result of rocket attacks.


Israeli-Palestinian relations grew sour after June 12, 2014, when three Jewish teenagers were abducted in the West Bank. Later the teenagers were found killed. Israel accused militants of the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), which controls the Gaza Strip, of committing the crime.

The operation to search for the teenagers continued for more than two weeks and was accompanied by searches, arrests of Palestinian activists and shellings of the Palestinian territory.

On July 1, 2014, a 16-year-old resident of the East Jerusalem’s Palestinian Arab neighborhood of Shuafat was kidnapped and killed. Six ultra-right Jewish activists were arrested for the crime. The death of the Palestinian teenager caused riots among Palestinians.

On July 8, 2014, the Israel Defense Forces announced the start of the operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip against Hamas militants. The IDF made strikes on 50 targets in the Gaza Strip, most of which were launching platforms for rockets. Five Palestinians were killed and some 20 were wounded.

The immediate reason for the operation was that cities in southern Israel were massively shelled by Hamas military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. According to the Israeli army’s press service, on July 7, some 90 missiles were fired on Israel from the Gaza Strip. As of early July, 450 missiles had been fired since the start of 2014.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the IDF to prepare for a possible ground operation. Israel announced mobilization of 1,500 reservists and sent two army brigades to the border with Gaza.

Since the start of their activity on December 14, 1987, Hamas militants set a course for liberation of Israel-occupied Palestinian territories. The group has made a few dozen terrorist attacks against military and civilian facilities of Israel.

Hamas regularly shells Israel’s territory with homemade rockets. In response, Israel shells Gaza and holds military operations there to suppress militant activity and destroy Hamas’ military structure. According to Hamas, 1,365 Israelis died in 1987-2011 in terrorist attacks made by its militants.

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