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Hamas: Israel must meet demands or face long war

An Israeli soldier fires a tear gas canister at Palestinian protesters following a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah August 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

CAIRO: Offers made to the Palestinian delegation in Cairo do not meet the aspirations of the people, said Hamas's head of foreign affairs, Osama Hamdan, raising doubts about the chances of reaching a truce with Israel in the Cairo-brokered talks.

Hamdan said on his official Facebook page Saturday: " Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war."

Israel launched its military campaign on July 8 to quell cross-border rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza. The United Nations said 425,000 of 1.8 million population of Gaza have been displaced by the war, which has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

Most of the Palestinian dead have been civilians, hospital officials in the small, densely populated enclave say.

Israel and the Palestinians agreed Wednesday to extend a cease-fire agreement in Gaza by five days to continue indirect negotiations on a lasting truce. The cease-fire expires on Monday.

The two sides are not meeting face-to-face in Cairo: Israel regards Hamas, which advocates its destruction, as a terrorist group.

Hamas's demands include lifting a blockade on Gaza, reducing movement restrictions on the territory's 1.8 million residents, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told Al-Aqsa Hamas television last week.

 

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