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August 4th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

Hamas pledges to honor cease-fire, if Israel does

(CNN) – Hamas is “committed” to adhering to the 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire, claiming the cease-fire was created "mainly by the efforts of Palestinian delegation, including Hamas," Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan said in an interview with CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

The group, considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, had previously refused to adhere to any cease-fire that wouldn’t, in their view, improve the lives of the people of Gaza. Hamdan expressed his hope that Israel would also honor the truce, pointing to Israel’s latest strike on a U.N.-run shelter and emphasizing the condemnation of the attack by both the United States and the United Nations.

“We hope the Israeli side will be committed to the cease-fire and they won’t violate that like what had happened in the last 72 hours, where they committed a massacre in Rafah,” he said.
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