Cleric: Breaking Gaza Truce ‘Sinful’

    Hamas militants of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades attend the funeral of Hamas member Joudeh Shamallah in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. According to family members, Shamallah was badly injured during the latest Israeli-Hamas fight and died from wounds Saturday. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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    Peace-loving people approved the recent Gaza ceasefire, and now a leading cleric does, too. A top Islamic cleric in Gaza issued a fatwa saying that it would be “sinful” to violate the recent truce struck between Israel and Hamas, conferring religious legitimacy on the deal. Suleiman al-Daya wrote that the ceasefire was sponsored by Egypt and that respecting it “is the duty of each and every one of us. Violating it shall constitute a sin.” Eight days of bloodshed ended with a truce struck Wednesday.

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