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Israeli minister: Gaza truce unlikely "in coming days"

Palestinians sit on the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: A Gaza truce involving a withdrawal of Israeli ground forces from the Palestinian territory would be unlikely before next week, an Israeli Cabinet minister said Thursday.

"I do not see a cease-fire in the coming days where the IDF (Israeli army) leave," Science Minister Yaakov Peri, a former security chief, told the Walla news site, adding that troops needed more time to complete their mission of destroying cross-border tunnels used by Gaza guerrillas.

"I can say authoritatively that two or three days will not be enough to finish tackling the tunnels."

 

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