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Hamas vows no concessions to Israel

Palestinian boys look at a badly damaged mosque, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

GAZA CITY: Hamas, the Islamist movement in de facto control of Gaza, vowed Saturday there would be no concessions to Israel, defying international attempts to broker a new cease-fire after fighting resumed.

"There will be no going back, the resistance will continue," Hamas spokesman Fawzy Barhum said in a statement. "The occupier's intransigence will get it nowhere and we will make no concessions on the demands of our people."

The month-long conflict flared again after mediators tried but failed to extend a cease-fire that expired on Friday morning and which Israel accused Hamas of breaching with pre-dawn rocket attacks.

Fighting between Israel and Hamas has now killed at least 1,900 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers, since July 8.

Egyptian mediators met a Palestinian delegation again Friday evening and were waiting to hear back from the Israelis after Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath, ends at sundown Saturday.

Acting US Middle East peace envoy Frank Lowenstein, who has been in Cairo for some days, "is still trying to help the parties get a permanent cease-fire," a US embassy official said.

 

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