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Hamas warns against escalation of violence in Gaza

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Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday said it would step up its attacks against Israel if aerial assaults on the Gaza Strip are not halted, the Xinhua reported.

Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday said it would step up its attacks against Israel if aerial assaults on the Gaza Strip are not halted, the Xinhua reported.

"We warn the Israeli occupation against continuing its crimes," said Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman. "The occupation should study the consequences of its crimes and should not misunderstand the position of the Palestinian resistance factions."

Abu Zuhri said Gaza groups are still inhibiting themselves and that their rocket attacks were still "restricted and controlled."

Increased violence between Gaza-based militants and the Israeli military entered its third day Saturday. Israel on Thursday began a series of retaliatory strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza after the Islamist group's missile attack against an Israeli school bus that critically wounded a 16-year-old student.

Since Thursday, Palestinian militants have fired dozens of mortars and rockets into southern Israel.

MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti)

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