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Defying international outcry on Gaza massacre, Israel threatens Hamas

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Eng368JERUSALEM (PNIC):-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to land “very strong blows” on the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, which controls the besieged Gaza Strip, as he remains defiant to the international outcry against the massacre of Gazans by Israeli soldiers.

“Hamas has apparently not understood the message – if these attacks do not stop, they will be stopped in another way, in the form of very, very strong blows,” the Israeli premier said during the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

The coastal sliver has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007, which has prevented some two million Palestinians from having free access to the remainder of Palestine and the outside world.

The tight blockade has also undermined living conditions in the enclave and fragmented its economic and social fabric, causing unprecedented unemployment and poverty.

Israel carries out regular air raids on inhabitants of Gaza under the pretext of hitting alleged positions of Hamas, which governs the enclave and has defended it against three Israeli wars.

“We are very close to another type of action which would include very strong blows. If Hamas is intelligent, it will cease fire and violence now,” Netanyahu added.

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