Hamas says will struggle unless demands met

Hamas offers a one-year, renewable truce on condition that all Israeli forces withdraw within a week and that all the border crossings are opened.

Hamas says will struggle unless demands met

Hamas will fight on in Gaza against an Israeli offensive unless its demands are met, the Islamist group said on Saturday.

Speaking in Beirut, Hamas' representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, told a forum, "Today the movement's delegation arrives in Cairo. And clearly, we have nothing new to offer... Either we hear what we have demanded or the result will be the continuation of confrontation on the ground."

Israel is weighing a unilateral ceasefire three weeks into its onslaught in the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 1,150 Palestinians and wounded over 5,000. At least a third of victims were children.

Hamas says the movement rejects such a ceasefire under the conditions of Israeli and foreign troops in Gaza. Hamas urges for lifting the Israeli blockade and closur the borders.

On Friday exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal called Israel's ceasefire terms unacceptable. Demanding an end to the punitive Israeli blockade of Gaza, he said Hamas would fight on.

Hamas offers a one-year, renewable truce on condition that all Israeli forces withdraw within a week and that all the border crossings with Israel and Egypt are opened.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's security cabinet was due to meet on Saturday evening and political sources said ministers might decide whether to halt the fighting without concluding any deal with the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza.

Israel launched an air blitz on Gaza on Dec. 27 and sent in ground forces a week later. It has targeted schools, hospitals, mosques and U.N. compounds and destroyed infrastructure systems in Gaza.

Ten Israeli soldiers and three civilians, hit by rockets fired from Gaza, have been killed during the campaign.

Reuters
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