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New truce 'very hard' if no confidence in Hamas: Obama

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama urged Hamas to show they were serious about wanting a ceasefire Friday and urged the Islamist militants to release an Israeli soldier reported captured earlier in the day.

"I think it's going to be very hard to put a ceasefire back together again if Israelis and the international community can't feel confident that Hamas can follow through on a ceasefire commitment," he said.

 

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