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.