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Israel seizes Hamas officials

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ call for an end to rocket attacks by Gaza militants on Israel, has been flatly refused by Hamas and Fatah officials. The rebuffal comes as Israeli forces continued air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

An aide of Abbas said: “The president is urging everybody to commit themselves to the truce which we agreed upon previously and this time the truce should be mutual.”

However, Israeli forces seized over 30 Hamas officials, including the Hamas Education Minister Nasser al-Shaer, in overnight raids in the West Bank.

The Israeli military say it is because they “supported the firing of rockets” into Israel. The latest air raids on Gaza saw two further people injured following intensified rocket attacks on Israel by Palestinian militants. Israeli attacks in Gaza have killed more than 30 Palestinians over the last week, at least 11 of them civilians.

During the same period, one Israeli civilian has been killed in rocket fire, which has injured at least 16 others.