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Israel vows to continue operations in Gaza

Netanyahu has accused Hamas of violating a ceasefire that it itself had called for.

An Israeli artillery fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave on 23 July 2014. Picture: AFP.

JERUSALEM - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Hamas of violating a ceasefire that it itself had called for.

Natanyahu has now vowed that Israeli operations in Gaza will continue saying it will do what it must do to defend its people.

"Well Hamas doesn't even accept its own ceasefire. It's continued to fire at us as we speak. Israel has accepted five ceasefires since this conflict began. Five. Including, two humanitarian ceasefires in the last 24 hours which Hamas rejected as they rejected all the other ceasefires," he said in an interview with CNN.

Earlier Hamas unilaterally announced a truce, hours after Israel resumed its military operation following new rocket fire on the Jewish state.

Relatives and friends mourn near the body of Hazem Abu Shamalah (unseen), who was killed in shelling after the Israeli military resumed its assault on Gaza, during his funeral in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, 27 July, 2014.

Following almost three weeks of fighting, Gaza's militant factions have agreed to stop firing in response to UN intervention and a growing crisis when more than 1,000 Palestinians have died, most of them civilians.

Hamas is endorsing a 24 hour humanitarian ceasefire, so Gaza's Muslims can mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan in peace.

Tomorrow night marks the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan and one of the most important holidays in the Muslim calendar.

But Israel has so far rejected Hamas's request to an official ceasefire although Israeli officials say they are mulling the proposal over.