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Published on Aug 20, 2011
Hamas has announced it's pulling out from a de-facto ceasefire with Israel. The statement comes after two days of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. More than a dozen Palestinians have been killed in the strikes, reportedly including children. Israel began its campaign following a series of terrorist attacks at the Egyptian border that killed eight Israelis on Thursday. Officials pinned the blame on a Gaza-based group called the Popular Resistance Committees for the incident. Following the first air strikes, Palestinians responded by launching more than 20 rocket attacks. The rise in tension comes less than a month before a vital UN vote on the recognition of the Palestinian State. Gaza-based political analyst, Dr Hani Al Basoos, thinks Israel wants to sabotage the vote and divert attention from recent domestic unrest.