Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: Reuters)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Hamas of violating a ceasefire that it had itself called and vowed that Israeli operations in Gaza would continue.
"They are violating their own ceasefire. Under these circumstances, Israel will do what it must do to defend its people," Netanyahu told the news network CNN as part of a series of interviews with US media.
Earlier Hamas agreed to halt firing from 1100 GMT in response to a request from the United Nations.
Hamas on Sunday belatedly said it has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce, shortly after Israel announced a resumption of its onslaught against Gaza following a day-long pause.
Netanyahu told CBS that Israel would not allow "a ruthless terror organization... to decide when it's convenient for them to stop for a moment, rearm, and continue firing on our citizens and our people."
Netanyahu said Israeli forces will continue operations to dismantle Hamas' cross-border tunnel network and to destroy its rocket arsenal.
"I would say we want to stop firing rockets for sure. We want to dismantle the tunnel, the terror tunnel network we uncovered. I don't know if we'll have 100 percent success," he said.
Since July 8 more than 1,050 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza fighting, while another 6,000 have been injured. A total of 43 Israeli soldiers, two civilians and a Thai migrant worker have died.
*This story was edited by Ahram Online.