Israel Attacks After Hamas Rejects Truce

    Palestinians gather around the remains of a house, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 14, 2014. Israel said it shot down a drone from Gaza a week into its offensive on Monday, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants whose rocket attacks have been regularly intercepted.Al-Mezan, a Gaza-based Palestinian human rights group, said 869 Palestinian homes have been destroyed or damaged in Israeli attacks over the past week. More than 166 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed, Gaza health officials said, in seven days of fighting that has shown no sign of ending. Israel says its offensive is intended to halt rocket fire at its cities from the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3YK86

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    On Tuesday, the Israeli government said it would accept the terms of Egypt’s proposed ceasefire but Hamas rejected the offer and fired several rockets into Israel. In response, Israel resumed airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Egyptian plan was to “give an opportunity for the demilitarization of the Strip—from missiles, from rockets, and from tunnels—through diplomatic means.” There was seeming confusion over the ceasefire among Hamas. “We are still in consultation and there has been no official position made by the [Hamas] movement regarding the Egyptian proposal,” Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas member, said on Facebook. However, another Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhr, told the Associated Press he “did not recieve any official draft of this Egyptian proposal” and declared the plan “not acceptable.”

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