Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hamas armed wing calls for negotiations delegation to leave Cairo


Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida said in a televised speech on Wednesday that Israel had "failed" in its assault on Gaza and called upon the Palestinian negotiating delegation in Cairo to return home.

The speech comes after Israeli airstrikes killed 22 Palestinians over the course of the day, including the wife and baby child of Hamas military chief Muhammad Deif, after a temporary ceasefire unraveled late Tuesday.

Abu Ubaida slammed Israel for the killings, which Israeli military sources had previously claimed had killed Deif himself.

"We tell Israel: you have failed. All you can do is kill children and women. You have failed in all your missions," Abu Ubaida said in his speech.

"Muhammad Deif will enter Jerusalem as the head of the liberating army," he added.

He also warned international airplanes not to use Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, and warned Israelis against gathering in large numbers as the al-Qassam Brigades would renew their rocket fire on Israel. more

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