Israel declares ceasefire in Gaza. Hamas fights on

by Kal El on January 17, 2009 · 2 comments

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Gee what a shock! A jihadist group fighting on after a ceasefire. Not like Hamas has done this before. Oh wait, they did all last year!

Hamas: Israel cease-fire declaration not enough, we`ll continue resistance

Hamas said late Saturday that it reserves the right to continue resisting Israel “with all means” if Jerusalem does not follow up its ceasefire with a withdrawal from Gaza and lifting the blockade on the territory, a Hamas official said on Saturday.

“The Israeli declaration is not enough,” Ali Barakeh said in the Syrian capital.

Hamas said on Saturday that it would fight on despite Israel’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

“A unilateral ceasefire does not mean ending the (Israeli) aggression and ending the siege. These constitute acts of war and so this will not mean an end to resistance,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Reuters in Gaza.

He also criticised Israel for taking a unilateral approach rather than entering into a deal with Egyptian mediators: “It is an attempt to pre-empt the Egyptian efforts and any other efforts that seek to achieve a withdrawal of the occupying forces, an end to the siege and a ceasefire.”

Israel said it would cease fire from 2 a.m. (0000 GMT) on Sunday. Six rockets from Gaza hit the city of Be’er Sheva around 11 p.m. on Saturday, shortly after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced the planned ceasefire. No injuries were reported.

Other Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, which like Hamas have fired rockets on Israel, rejected Israel’s ceasefire. Olmert said that after the ceasefire Israeli troops will remain in the territory but end “offensive activity”.

Islamic Jihad said in a statement that “the resistance will continue its battle as long as occupation forces are on the land of Gaza and as long as the siege and the blockade continue.”

Abu Youssef Said, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, said: “A unilateral ceasefire is nothing to do with us … and we will continue to bear arms.”

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How shocking, muslim jihadist groups saying a ceasefire is nothing to them. I wish Israel had not done this, they should have hunted down and exterminated each and every one of those Hamas thugs, including the cowards hiding out in Lebanon and Syria.

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  • gaz

    illegal occupation.. well watch this … it's quite interesting

  • Beej

    This report is full of shit. To fire rockets from hiding places in civilian centres is NOT "to fight". Israeli defence of their people is NOT an act of aggression. If Israel wished, they could obliterate the whole of Gaza in just a few minutes, but they always act with restraint. Their actions result in civilian deaths? I wonder why!!!! The report mentions Hamas "resistance". Resistance to what? Resistance to resistance? You want Israeli forces out of Gaza? Easy. Cease your terrorist acts. Every Israeli soldier yearns to return to civilisation.