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Hamas 'stubbornly' refusing ceasefire bid: Kerry

In this Thursday, April 24, 2014, file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Washington. Kerry said Sunday, July 20, 2014, on NBC'S "Meet the Press" that Israel "has every right in the world to defend itself" from attacks by Hamas militants in Gaza, but the U.S. is working diligently to get an immediate cease-fire in place. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday blamed Hamas for the continuation of the conflict in Gaza, saying the Islamic militants were refusing all ceasefire efforts.

"They've been offered a ceasefire and they've refused to take the ceasefire," Kerry told ABC television, adding that Hamas has "stubbornly" refused efforts to defuse the conflict "even though Egypt and others have called for that ceasefire."

 

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