Gaza campaign to go on until calm restored to Israel: PM

AFP, Monday 4 Aug 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media during a press conference at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo)

Israel will not stop its 28-day military campaign in Gaza until long-term calm is restored, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, shunning increasingly vocal world demands for a truce.

"The campaign in Gaza is continuing," he said at the end of a seven-hour humanitarian lull which saw violence subside in the battered enclave.

"This operation will only end when quiet and security is established for the citizens of Irael for a prolonged period."

According to Gaza officials, 1,820 Palestinians have been killed and more than a quarter of its 1.8 million residents have been displaced so far. Israel has confirmed that 64 soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian shelling has killed three civilians in Israel.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online. 

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