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TEL AVIV: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday there will be no ceasefire in Gaza until the "elimination" of Hamas, which is at war with Israeli forces in the Palestinian territory.

"We won't stop fighting until we've achieved all the objectives we've set ourselves: the elimination of Hamas, the release of our hostages and the end of the threat from Gaza," Netanyahu said in a statement.

His remarks came after Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh travelled to Cairo on Wednesday for talks with Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel to discuss a possible truce in Gaza.

Israel, Hamas working toward new truce, hostage deal

The UN Security Council was also set to vote later Wednesday on a resolution calling for a pause in the conflict, diplomatic sources told AFP, after two previous votes were delayed as members wrangled over wording.

Netanyahu, however, said Israeli forces were attacking Hamas "everywhere" in Gaza.

"Anyone who thinks we will stop is not connected to reality ... We are attacking Hamas with fire - an inferno," he said.

"We also attacking their accomplices near and far."

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Chikezie Moses Dec 20, 2023 09:39pm
Peace is better.People are suffering your excellency,Mr Prime Minister.
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KU Dec 20, 2023 09:58pm
Even after killing over 9k children and women, and more on the level of extermination, is there still a doubt about this genocide? Shameful and racist Western philosophy.
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Abu Dec 21, 2023 01:16am
Israeli PM is trying to survive as long as possible. If he accept the permanent ceasefire, there are too many criminal and corruption cases waiting for him in Israel and in world court. I don't understand US President why he doesn't want to win US election in 2024.
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Az_Iz Dec 21, 2023 03:12am
What this war criminal is saying is, he will continue with war crimes after a pause.
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