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Leader of Hamas military wing rules out quick truce

A Palestinian man, wounded in an Israeli strike in the Jebaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, is treated at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Gaza, Tuesday, July 29, 2014.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

GAZA: The shadowy leader of the Hamas military wing says in an audiotape that his group will not cease fire until its demands are met.

Mohammed Deif's remarks were broadcast late Tuesday on Al-Aqsa TV, the satellite station of Hamas. Deif says "there is not going to be a cease-fire as long as the demands of our people are not fulfilled."

"No ceasefire in Gaza before ending [the Israeli] aggression and lifting the siege," Deif, the leader of Hamas' armed wing the Qassam Brigades, said in the televised audio message. "We will not accept any compromises."

Hamas has demanded that Israel and Egypt lift a border blockade they imposed on Gaza after Hamas seized the territory in 2007.

Deif's voice was recognizable in the audio statement. He has survived repeated Israeli assassination attempts and has operated from

 

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