Senior Hamas Leader Urges Factions to Respect Gaza Truce

November 22, 2012, Thursday // 04:49
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Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has called upon all Palestinian factions to respect the truce agreement reached with Israel on Wednesday.

"I salute the resistance factions who have respected the agreement since it entered into force and I ask everyone to respect it and act accordingly," Haniyeh has declared in a Gaza City speech, as cited by NOW Lebanon.

"We in the government bear the great responsibility of protecting our people and also protecting this agreement, which the occupation has committed to," he added.

Ismail Haniyeh is a senior political leader of Hamas and one of two disputed Prime Ministers of the Palestinian National Authority,

Commenting on the truce between Israel and Hamas, Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu warned Thursday that his country is ready to take action if it is violated.

A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement which governs Gaza came into effect Wednesday.

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