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Israeli PM Netanyahu: Hamas is to blame for dead Palestinian civilians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Hamas bore responsibility for the heavy civilian casualties piling up on the Palestinian side as a result of Israel's incursion into Gaza.

"We regret any civilian deaths but those lay entirely at Hamas' door," he said on ABC's This Week. More from Netanyahu:

What Hamas is doing very cynically is embedding its rocketeers, its rocket caches, its tunnels — these terror tunnels in homes, in hospitals, in schools, and when we take action, as targeted as we can, they then use their civilians as human shields. So Hamas is both targeting civilians and Hamas is hiding behind civilians. That's a double war crime, and therefore all civilian deaths as regrettable as they are fall on their shoulders. [ABC]

Netanyahu's remarks came on the deadliest day to date in the two-week-old Israeli offensive. Palestine reported 87 deaths on Sunday alone, bringing the body count for the conflict to over 400. On the same day, Israel reported losing 13 soldiers in skirmishes with Hamas. --Jon Terbush


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