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Egypt: Hamas 'could have saved dozens of lives' with truce

Mourners carry a Palestinian boy, one of three children killed by an Israeli missile strike earlier, outside the family house during their funeral in Gaza City, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

CAIRO: Egypt's foreign minister said Thursday that Hamas could have saved dozens of lives if it had accepted a Cairo-mediated truce earlier this week in its conflict with Israel.

"Had Hamas accepted the Egyptian proposal, it could have saved the lives of at least 40 Palestinians," Sameh Shoukri said, quoted by state news agency MENA.

 

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