We Are Eager For Death : Hamas Commander Says And Rejects Ceasefire Proposal
A reclusive Hamas commander has rejected suggestions the Palestinian militants are ready for a ceasefire with
Israel to end violence in Gaza.
In an audio recording, Mohammad Deif, commander of Hamas’ military wing, said his soldiers were “eager for death”.
His message emerged at the end of a destructive day in Gaza that left the territory’s power plant in flames.
Israeli strikes killed more than 100 Palestinians, raising the total killed to more than 1,200, Gaza officials say. Most of those deaths have been civilians, and 6,700 Palestinians have been injured, according to the Gaza health ministry.
Dozens of deaths are reported each day. Dwindling fuel and water supplies.
And now Gaza’s only power plant is off the grid after it was struck.
The violence continued Wednesday morning, when Israeli forces shelled the Abu Hussein School in northern Gaza and killed at least 20 people, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
International efforts to broker a deal to end the violence failed again Tuesday, with Hamas rejecting a cease-fire proposal put forward by the Palestinian Authority that called for a 24-hour truce that could be extended to 72 hours. Hamas maintains that any deal must include an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said any truce must allow for its protection against tunnels used by Palestinian militants in Gaza to make their way into Israel.