Every time Israel has recognized a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, it has been met with aggression and an escalation of violence by Hamas, IDF spokesman Peter Lerner told CNN on Friday night hours after Gazan terrorists broke a 72-hour cease-fire that was set to take effect earlier in the morning.

Lerner bemoaned as unfortunate the loss of civilian life in Gaza, but condemned Hamas for prompting Israeli strikes by utilizing fortified positions within civilian populations to carry out attacks on Israel. 

When asked if the IDF could carry out strikes with more precision weaponry in Gaza's heavily populated urban areas, he said the Israel army "did not have a choice" as terrorists in the enclave embed themselves deep within the civilian arena to carry out their "indiscriminate" rocket firings.

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