Prosor: Hamas deliberately provoked escalation of violence

October 24, 2012 22:43


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Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor on Wednesday said that Hamas "deliberately provoked this escalation" of violence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Referring to the 80 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, Prosor said Hamas "deliberately provoked this escalation. Yesterday [Tuesday], it detonated a bomb on Israel’s border with Gaza, severely injuring an Israeli officer. It is time for the world to take note: Hamas is determined to murder Israelis and escalate conflict in our already very turbulent region.”

Prosor called on the international community in letters to the President of the UN Security Council and the Secretary-General to "condemn Hamas terrorism without any equivocation or delay."

He added that Israel holds Hamas fully responsible, and Israel will continue to exercise its right to self-defense to protect its citizens.

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