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U.N. cease-fire ignored in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza City gather next to the rubble of a building used by Hamas after it was hit by a missile Friday. Israeli forces bombarded Gaza again Friday as Hamas fired rockets into Israel.

Associated Press

Palestinians in Gaza City gather next to the rubble of a building used by Hamas after it was hit by a missile Friday. Israeli forces bombarded Gaza again Friday as Hamas fired rockets into Israel.

JERUSALEM — Israel and Hamas ignored a U.N. cease-fire resolution Friday as the Israeli army attacked 70 targets in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets at southern Israel.

Fighting in Gaza continued for a 14th day with little indication that the international community or an Egyptian-backed peace initiative would bring a quick end to hostilities. Hamas officials said it would not heed a resolution about which it was not consulted. Israel, saying that the U.N. action was unworkable, kept thousands of army reservists on alert and vowed to continue the offensive.

"The state of Israel has never agreed that any outside body would determine its right to defend the security of its citizens," said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The army "will continue operations in order to defend Israeli citizens."

Hopes were further tempered by dismissive remarks from Hamas, angry that it was not consulted during exhaustive diplomatic efforts at the world body. Hamas spokesman Sami abu Zuhri said the United Nations failed to consider the interests of the Palestinian people.

"This resolution doesn't mean that the war is over," he told the satellite television channel al-Jazeera. "We call on the Palestinian fighters to mobilize … and we urge the Arab masses to carry on with their angry protests."

Israel was under increasing international pressure over a military campaign that has killed more than 780 Palestinians, at least one-third of them civilians, according to Gaza medical workers. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, called Friday for an investigation of possible Israeli war crimes. She noted the case of four boys rescued Wednesday by the Red Cross from the side of their dead mother in a dwelling 100 yards from an Israeli military post.

U.N. cease-fire ignored in Gaza 01/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:47am]
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