MOSCOW, August 9 (RIA Novosti) – The leadership of the Islamist movement Hamas declared Saturday that the group is not ready to make concessions to Israel, Agence France-Presse reported.
“There will be no going back, the resistance will continue…The occupier's intransigence will get it nowhere and we will make no concessions on the demands of our people,” Hamas spokesman Fawzy Barhum was quoted as saying.
It was reported earlier that Palestinian militants had resumed attacks against Israel launching more than ten rockets after a three-day ceasefire in the Gaza strip came to an end on Friday morning. Israel responded with renewed Gaza shelling and withdrew from the ceasefire negotiations in Cairo.
Fighting between Israel and Hamas militants, not abating for a month, has claimed the lives of about 1,900 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 67 Israeli citizens.
International efforts have been launched to make the two sides come to terms with each other and broker a longer-lasting truce.
The latest ceasefire was the longest lull in the fighting. Hamas refused to extend the ceasefire after Egypt-mediated talks in Cairo on a new border deal for the coastal strip hit a snag. The Palestinians wanted Israel to agree to demands, including an end to the long-standing Gaza blockade.