Special report: Palestine-Israel
A Hamas policeman prevents Palestinians from coming close to the destroyed Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza February 28, 2008, after it was bombed by Israeli military aircraft on Wednesday.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
GAZA, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- The armed wing of Hamas on
Thursday ruled out any ceasefire with Israel following a violence flare-up that
left 18 Palestinians dead in Gaza Strip.
"We can't hold any calmness deal with the Israeli occupation in the shadow of these massacres and crimes," said Abu Obaida, a spokesman for Ezz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas.
A Hamas policeman walks past a destroyed Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza February 28, 2008, after it was bombed by Israeli military aircraft. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
"Killing our activists proves the occupation is not
interested in any sort of calmness and it doesn't respect any mediation on
reaching a deal," the spokesman added.
Abu Obaida vowed to retaliate for the Israeli
airstrikes which killed 18 Palestinians in Gaza Strip since Wednesday morning.
Among the dead were four children.
An Israeli resident was also killed in a barrage of
home-made rockets that Hamas fired into southern Israel in response to one of
the Israeli airstrikes that killed five Hamas militants.
Abu Obaida admitted that his movement was not firing
rockets into Israel in recent weeks. "Unlike the past, there was no
rocket-fire," he said.
Al-Qassam Brigades also criticized Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas' calls for stopping the makeshift rockets that are fired
from the Hamas-ruled Gaza into Israel.