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PLO offers truce as at least 100 killed in Gaza


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A senior PLO official proposed a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire Tuesday in the Gaza war, saying he spoke in the name of Hamas, but was contradicted a short while later by a spokesman of the Islamic militant group.

In Gaza, a health official said at least 100 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes and tank shelling Tuesday, as Israel escalated its military campaign. The official, Ashraf al-Kidra, said the day's death toll was expected to rise.

There have been several instances in which the daily Gaza death toll in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting has surpassed 100.

Israel has lost 53 soldiers, along with two civilians and a Thai national.

Tuesday's cease-fire offer was made by the Palestine Liberation Organization, of which Hamas is not a member. The largest group in the PLO is the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas' main political rival.

However, the PLO's secretary-general, Yasser Abed Rabbo, said the offer came after consultations with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, a smaller militant group in Gaza. Palestinian officials said Abbas has been in touch in recent days with Khaled Mashaal, the top Hamas leader in exile.

"The Palestinian leadership, following consultations with the leadership in Hamas and Islamic Jihad, announces in the name of all of these our readiness for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire for 24 hours," Abed Rabbo said in the West Bank.

A Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Sami Abu Zuhri, said that "the remarks of Mr. Abed Rabbo are not true and have nothing to do with the positions of the factions at the moment."

It was not clear if Abu Zuhri reflected the views of the Hamas leadership in exile.

In Israel, government spokesman Mark Regev declined comment.

Tuesday's strikes came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned of a "prolonged" campaign against Hamas. It was not clear if this meant Israel has decided to go beyond the initial objectives of decimating Hamas' ability to fire rockets and demolishing the group's military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border.

Already, the intensity and the scope of the current Gaza operation is on par with an invasion five years ago, which ended with a unilateral Israeli withdrawal after it hit Hamas hard.

Gaza's power plant also was forced to shut down Tuesday after two tank shells hit one of three fuel tanks, said Jamal Dardasawi, a spokesman for Gaza's electricity distribution company. He said the damage would take months to repair.

Even before the shutdown, Gaza residents only had electricity for about three hours a day because fighting had damaged power lines.

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rgburrill July 29 2014 at 11:31 AM

Hamas doesn't want a truce - they are getting so much good press from the libtard media showing dead children that they, themselves, most likely killed.

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ram4131 July 29 2014 at 11:39 AM

Now the different factions in Gaza are fighting amongst themselves to stop the Israeli shelling. Good. They are waking up to the fact that every missile they fire will get a devastating response.

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joeljoey5160 July 29 2014 at 11:39 AM


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Ric July 29 2014 at 11:42 AM


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analyst0042 July 29 2014 at 11:41 AM

Israel has said repeatedly if Hamas stops shooting rockets at Israel then they will stop shooting/attacking Hamas. Very simple proposal. However Hamas wants all of the blockade removed (which would include Egypt's which Egypt wiil not do). They also want Israel to withdraw from Gaza without destroying all the tunnels and without assurances that Hamas wiil stop the firing of rockets into Israel once and for all. In addition to top off this rancid cake Hamas wants Israel to release upwards of a 1000 militants now in prison in Israel. Who in their right mind would agree to such terms? Netanyahu knows if he does and a missile is fired killing Israelis his term in office is over and a much more hardline person will be in his place as 86% of Israelis want this war done with once and for all.

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mason10436 July 29 2014 at 11:33 AM

PLO must kick Hamas out, for any real lasting peace to happen! <----

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Roberta July 29 2014 at 11:38 AM

This is what happens when you elect terrorist to your government. Hamas does not care about the citizens. Very much like the republicans.

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SRJimVal2 July 29 2014 at 11:49 AM

The plot thickens, both PLO and Hamas are big fat liars. Let them have a civil war before proceeding with the Israel issue. You two decide what you want first....in the meanwhile......

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mellottlois SRJimVal2 July 29 2014 at 12:03 PM

Wipe them both out. Two for one.

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thefacts22 July 29 2014 at 12:27 PM

Al Sissi wants to get rid of the roaches that only mean trouble and a constant hipocritical show with martyrs and like the European newspapers are reporting most of the photos shown by Hamas are really from Syria. Egypt wants to go back to normalcy, get their tourism and their businesses going. Hamas is a curse and a nail in their back posterior.

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mcgowann thefacts22 July 29 2014 at 12:49 PM

So true. It's also why Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood. They wanted to impose Shariah Law and kill all Christians. The Egyptians knew that would destroy their tourist industry because nobody would vacation somewhere that you were at risk of going to jail for unknowingly breaking their insane religious laws.

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annlenox July 29 2014 at 12:49 PM

What truce! Palestine doesn't know the meaning of the word! They continually break treaties and our President is too weak to get involved! Wake up people. What Hamas is doing to Israel is what they hope to do to us!

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BABY annlenox July 29 2014 at 2:54 PM

Muslims in the name of Islam, are working their way up to the Genocide of everyone in the world "infidels" that will not conform and convert. And they are first starting out this genocide crusade with their main enemies the Jewish of Israel. If Israel would not have the support and help of countries and people around the world, they would have been already exterminated!! The world, and countries such and India and China need to unite to eradicate this so called religion of "love and peace"

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