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Hamas says it is ready for Egypt-brokered truce

Reuters

June 20, 2012 | 1:53 pm

Members of Hamas's security forces walk on a Hamas compound damaged after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip on June 20. Photo by REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Members of Hamas's security forces walk on a Hamas compound damaged after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip on June 20. Photo by REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian Hamas militants announced on Wednesday they were ready to stop the latest round of cross-border violence as long as Israel followed suit, in a statement issued after Israeli air strikes killed two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in a third day of fighting.

“Responding to the Egyptian efforts, we and the armed resistance announce our commitment to stop this round of confrontation as long as the occupation stops this aggression,” said a written statement from Hamas’s armed wing.

Israel had no immediate comment.

Reporting by Saleh Salem; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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