Middle East

Israeli PM failed in Gaza: Hamas

Israeli soldiers walk in a field after returning to Israel from Gaza August 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

GAZA CITY, Palestine: Palestinian resistance faction Hamas said Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to achieve his objectives from a deadly military onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

"Netanyahu has totally failed in Gaza," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a press release.

"Hamas still has the capability to act against Israel," he said, giving no further details.

Earlier Tuesday, Netanyahu said that the Israeli army had conducted "a complicated operation in the middle of tough fight," in Gaza, hours after a 72-hour cease-fire proposed by Egypt went into effect between Israel and Palestinian factions.

Netanyahu also said that his government has no "100 percent guarantee" that all tunnels linking Gaza to Israel were destroyed.

"But we did everything to complete the task," he added.

The Israeli government and Palestinian factions have endorsed an Egyptian proposal for a three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip starting Tuesday.

Israel has pulled out its troops from the Gaza Strip, shortly after the Egyptian-sponsored cease-fire took effect Tuesday.

At least more than 1,875 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed and 9470 wounded in unrelenting Israeli attacks since July 7, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Israeli army, for its part, has confirmed the killing of 64 troops and the injury of 651 others in Gaza combat operations, while three civilians were killed in rocket attacks on Israeli cities.





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