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Hamas says still committed to Israel truce

Hamas leader asserts commitment to the truce agreed in January 2009

AFP , Friday 24 Dec 2010
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Hamas remains committed to its truce with Israel, a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Mahmud Zahar, said on Friday, despite the increase in rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

"We declare our commitment to respecting the truce between us and the occupier," Zahar told a gathering in the Gaza town of Khan Yunis.

Hamas which controls Gaza says it has observed a de facto truce with Israel since the January 2009 end of a 22-day Israeli offensive on the strip aimed at halting rocket fire by Palestinian militants.

 

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