Hoyer Statement on Hamas's Violation of a Cease-Fire with Israel

For Immediate Release:

August 1, 2014

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Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after Hamas violated yet another cease-fire with Israel:

“Once again Israel accepted a ceasefire even while its citizens were under threat from Hamas rockets and tunnels of terror, but Hamas chose to violate it within hours by launching an attack and kidnapping an Israeli soldier.  This comes amid disturbing reports that Hamas continues to use civilians and civilian infrastructure to shield its rocket launchers and command bunkers, placing thousands of innocent Palestinians in harm’s way.  Israel has a right to defend itself from tunnels and rocket attacks, and Hamas must be disarmed so that negotiations for a political solution can succeed.” 

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