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Hamas Founder Opposes Unilateral Cease-fire

Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said on Thursday his Islamic militant group would not accept a cease-fire to end nearly 28 months of conflict until Israel stops “killings and assaults” of Palestinian civilians. “Asking someone to cease fire while he is being attacked and assaulted is like asking for the impossible,” Yassin, 63, told Reuters in an interview in Gaza City. His comments increased doubts that Palestinian factions expected to meet in Cairo on Friday would accept a proposal by Egypt for militants to stop “armed activities” in Israel for a year to give peace a chance. The wheelchair-bound Yassin said Hamas already had made its position clear to Egypt, which is hosting the landmark face-to-face talks between a broad spectrum of factions. Full Story

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