Qassam refuses initiative to cease-fire
Hamas’ Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam - REUTERS
By DALIA FAROUK

CAIRO: Hamas’ Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades announced their refusal of the Egyptian initiative to cease fire in Gaza on Tuesday.

They described the initiative as “kneeling and submissive” and that “our battle with the enemy will continue and will be more vicious.”

Brigades promised Palestinians that their blood and sacrifices will not go to waste or ended by anyone in the world.

The Arab League called all concerned sides on Tuesday to support the Egyptian initiative to cease fire between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel, despite Hamas’ refusal, according to EgyNews.

The League released a press statement after holding a meeting with Arab Foreign Affairs Ministers calling for international and national sides to support the cease-fire initiative. It would prevent bloodshed after a week of continual raids on Gaza, which resulted in more than 186 deaths and 1,400 injured.

The Palestinian Authority welcomed the Egypt’s initiative after the League’s meeting, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Atty told the Cairo Post Tuesday.

U.S. President Barack Obama said in a speech during Iftar Monday that he supports the Egyptian proposal against the escalation; ”We hope we can restore the calm that we have been seeking.”

Israeli security cabinet announced Tuesday that they also accepted the proposal to cease-fire, BBC Arabic reported Tuesday.

Official Spokesperson of Israeli Army Avichay Adraee said Tuesday on his Facebook page that they ceased fire but “maintains a state of readiness and preparation in sectors of defense and attack.”

The Egyptian initiative was launched by Egypt’s Foreign Ministry to end conflict in Gaza that took the lives of many Palestinians by immediate ceasefire from both sides.

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