Gaza Strip: Olmert says ”calm” to be imposed by force as Hamas man dies
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday blamed Hamas movement for all attacks from the Gaza Strip and warned that "calm" would be imposed by force if they did not cease. "Hamas is the dominant force in the Gaza Strip. It is responsible (for all attacks) and will be called to bear the consequences of its activities. We do not intend to accept this reality," he told a weekly cabinet meeting.
"This reality has to change... Either there is calm or Israel will use such force that will lead to calm," he added, according to AFP.
Meanwhile, Hamas said early Sunday morning that one of its members had been killed in an explosion along Gaza Strip's fence with Israel. Its military wing said a man was killed, and another injured, during a Jihad mission.
According to the AP, the Israeli army issued a statement clarifying troops were not operating in the area at the time of the explosion early Sunday.
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