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Israel to broaden campaign if Hamas rejects truce

A Palestinian boy carries his belongings as he walks amongst the debris of a house which police said was hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel sees in the Egyptian-proposed Gaza truce an opportunity to strip the Palestinian enclave of rockets but is prepared to redouble military action there if the cross-border launches persist, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.

"We agreed to the Egyptian proposal in order to give an opportunity for the demilitarisation of the (Gaza) Strip - from missiles, from rockets and from tunnels - through diplomatic means," he told reporters.

"But if Hamas does not accept the cease-fire proposal, as would now seem to be the case, Israel would have all international legitimacy to broaden the military operation to achieve the required quiet."

 

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